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.