October 12, 2017
The following two projects were recommended by the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership, and will be receiving National Fish Habitat Partnership funding for the 2017 Fiscal Year.
The Sheepscot River Barrier Removal, Whitefield and Alna, Maine
This project, led by the Atlantic Salmon Federation, will reconnect 71 miles of river in Lincoln County, Maine by removing the Coopers Mills Dam and partially removing the Head Tide Dam. The Sheepscot is the southernmost river supporting wild Atlantic salmon, and the barrier removals will not only improve passage for this species, but for alewives, blueback herring, American shad, and other migratory species as well. For more information on this project please click here or contact Andrew Goode, Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Project text and photo provided by the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Oyster Reef and Estuarine Shoreline Restoration, Bogue Sound, North Carolina
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is an ideal place to learn about coastal habitats and the plants and animals that live there. However, it is also one of the many places along the coast of North Carolina experiencing shoreline erosion from sea level rise, storms, and high wave activity. To improve shoreline stability, the North Carolina Coastal Federation will restore 300 linear feet of oyster reef and estuarine shoreline. This project will provide valuable nursery and feeding habitat for red drum, summer flounder, three species of shrimp, and a minimum of 22 other fish species. For more information on this project click here or contact Lexia Weaver, North Carolina Coastal Federation.
Project text and photos provided by North Carolina Coastal Federation.
The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is requesting project applications to restore and conserve habitat necessary to support coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fish species along the Atlantic Coast. Federal funding available under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan will be used to support the top ranked proposals. To ensure available funding is being directed most effectively, projects should be geared toward meeting ACFHP’s protection and restoration objectives described in its new Conservation Strategic Plan. The maximum amount available for an individual project is $50,000. These funds can only be used for on-the-ground habitat conservation and improvement projects and related design and monitoring activities.
Applications must be received by Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at midnight for consideration.
For complete information and guidelines on how to apply please visit: http://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/opportunities/fy2018-atlantic-coastal-fish-habitat-partnership-application-cycle/ or look at the upcoming funding under ‘opportunities’ on the ACFHP website.
The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is pleased to announce the release of its new five-year Conservation Strategic Plan and accompanying two-year Action Plan. The ACFHP Steering Committee has spent the past year developing the plans, which includes goals, objectives, strategies, and actions (Action Plan only) to restore and enhance Atlantic coastal, estuarine, and diadromous fish habitat through conservation, science and data, outreach and communication, and financial initiatives.
The 2017 – 2021 Conservation Strategic Plan updates and revises ACFHP’s first conservation strategic plan, which covered the 2012 – 2016 time frame. Some of the Partnership’s accomplishments during this period can be found listed on page 5 of the new plan. Most notably, ACFHP has contributed over $400,000 directly to conservation projects, leveraging $4 for each ACFHP restoration dollar. This has helped to open 75 river miles, restore 0.5 acres of riverine spawning habitat, 2.95 acres of oyster reefs, 2.4 acres of tidal vegetation, and 19 acres of seagrass beds, adding an estimated $41 million in economic value to the Atlantic coast annually.
In addition to the Partnership’s goals, objectives, and strategies, the Conservation Strategic Plan describes ACFHP’s 3 – 4 priority habitats and the major threats to each of those habitats within our four subregions (North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and South Florida). These habitat priorities were informed by the results of ACFHP’s Species-Habitat Matrix study Published by Kritzer et al. (2016), the Matrix evaluated the importance of benthic habitats to over 100 species of coastal fish and non-stationary invertebrates as a space for shelter, feeding, and breeding.
The 2017 – 2019 Action Plan has identified 32 specific actions to be taken to advance a subset of objectives and strategies listed in the Conservation Strategic Plan. These actions will be carried out by ACFHP and its partners.
To view the plans, visit the ‘Publications’ page under the ‘Planning Resources’ tab on the ACFHP website, or click here directly: http://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/planningresources/publications/.
ACFHP is a coastwide collaborative effort to accelerate the conservation of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes. The Partnership consists of resource managers, scientists, and professionals representing 33 different state, federal, tribal, non-governmental, and other entities. ACFHP works from Maine to the Florida Keys, and from the headwaters of coastally draining rivers to the edge of the continental shelf, with a focus on estuarine environments.
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