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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The Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award is bestowed by the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership upon individuals deemed to further the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes in a unique or extraordinary manner.
The award was established in memory of Dr. Melissa Laser who passed away unexpectedly on April 27, 2010. Melissa was a biologist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources where she worked tirelessly to protect, improve and restore aquatic ecosystems in Maine and along the entire Atlantic Coast.
As an astute strategic thinker and leader, Melissa edited and coordinated the Strategic and Operational Plan for the Restoration of Diadromous and Resident Fishes to the Penobscot River. She coordinated fish passage projects, managed and oversaw the biological field staff for the Maine Western Region, and was the Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat Program lead for habitat restoration studies and projects. She was also an effective champion for Atlantic salmon, directing and coordinating Endangered Species Act-related actions pertaining to the species.
Melissa brought her smiling dedication and enthusiasm to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Habitat Committee and Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership’s Steering Committee, catalyzed by the Commission in 2006. Her contributions to these committees and to her home state were tremendous. She is deeply missed.
Instructions on how to submit a 2017 nomination.
Read about the 2016 Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award recipients.
Please send nominations to Lisa Havel, ACFHP Coordinator (LHavel@asmfc.org) by April 21, 2017.
February 16, 2017
Did you know that the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) can endorse your projects? It’s easy! Just click on ‘Endorsement’ under ‘Opportunities’ (located in the top drop-down menu), or visit: http://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/opportunities/endorsement/.
You just have to fill out the application (application guidelines are available to download from the page as well) and submit it to the ACFHP Coordinator at the following email address: LHavel@asmfc.org. A subcommittee of ACFHP partners will review your application and let you know if it gets the ACFHP seal of approval.
In the absence of funding or other resources, endorsement is an opportunity to gain support from ACFHP for your completed, current, or proposed project.