The Importance of Benthic Habitats for Coastal Fisheries (Species-Habitat Matrix Publication)
River Herring Habitat Restoration Needs Report for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
To be added soon: Chesapeake Bay Workshop Summary
Report co-authored by NOAA and USFWS presents the latest status information on coastal wetland resources and provides estimates of losses or gains that occurred in the coastal watersheds in the continental U.S. between 2004 and 2009.
Report authored by NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center presents information on the state of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the United States, providing a detailed snapshot of the coverage, protection, and ecology of MPAs in U.S. waters.
Climate Sensitivity of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System This report examines some of the factors that make estuaries and the communities dependent on estuarine resources susceptible to climate change. The work is focused in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) a collection of 28 reserves located around the U.S. and Puerto Rico, which are managed as a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states for long-term research, ecosystem monitoring, education, and coastal stewardship.
Proceedings of a Workshop on American Eel Passage Technologies The report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a July 2011 workshop that brought together over 120 biologists, engineers, and managers from around the world to explore the current state of eel passage at riverine migratory barriers. The Workshop was funded by the Commission, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and NOAA Northeast Regional Office’s Habitat Conservation Restoration Center.
More Habitat Means More Fish Produced jointly by NOAA, Restore America’s Estuaries and the American Sportfishing Association, this document outlines the crucial role that habitat plays in keeping U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries strong.
Conservation Mooring Study Produced by the Urban Harbors Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, this document objectively describes the different characteristics of conventional moorings versus conservation moorings designed to minimize disruption to the benthic habitat. This report includes discussions on the following topics: technologies available, ecological impacts, functional differences, economical differences, and regulatory issues.
Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation Produced by the American Sportfishing Association, this report highlights the economic benefits of sport fishing in the United States.
Assessment of Existing Information NOAA Technical Memorandum Produced by NOAA’s National Ocean Service, the Assessment of Existing Information is a database of documents, datasets, information portals on Atlantic coastal habitats which were collected and analyzed for indicator, threat, and action information. This report provides description of methods, analyses of habitat assessment information, and recommendations for further work.
Northeast Aquatic Connectivity: An Assessment of Dams on Northeast Rivers Led by The Nature Conservancy, and developed by a team of biologists and policy experts from throughout the Northeast, this project provides a means of weighing the ecological impact of dams in the Northeast, data that can be critical to securing and targeting limited funds for river restoration efforts.
ASMFC Habitat Publications Produced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the habitat management series cover topics spanning from living shorelines, to harbor deepening, and more.
Oyster Habitat Restoration: Monitoring and Assessment Handbook Developed by a group with experience on issues related to oyster restoration from Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico (U.S.) states, the handbook includes a set of standardized monitoring approaches to quantify oyster restoration-related metrics. Its ultimate goal is to allow for more rigorous comparisons among areas and projects. The monitoring metrics and performance criteria were designed to address both the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, and more generally the Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida.
Upstream Fish Passage Technologies for Managed Species Produced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, this document summarizes the evaluation by the Fish Passage Working Group of available technologies to accomplish effective passage.
Manual of River Restoration Techniques Produced by the River Restoration Centre, the first edition of the manual was dedicated to the techniques that were utilised in restoring the rivers Cole and Skerne in the autumn of 1995, which is documented in the Rivers of the Future video. It was RRC’s intention that the manual would be expanded to include additional techniques drawn from other notable projects, particularly those that feature different types of rivers, e.g. upland areas. The first of these ‘updates’ was published in 2002 and includes an additional 20 techniques, taken from 15 different projects.
Returning the Tide: A Tidal Hydrology Restoration Guidance Manual for the Southeastern United States Produced by NOAA, this document offers guidance to restoration practitioners and coastal resource managers who may not have familiarity with tidal hydrology restoration techniques.
Science Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal Habitats (volumes one and two) Produced by NOAA’s National Ocean Service, this manual provides technical assistance, outlines necessary steps, and provides useful tools for the development and implementation of sound scientific monitoring of coastal restoration efforts.