Priority Habitats

Thriving, healthy waterways and robust fish populations are vital to the well-being of our society. They provide clean water and sustainable fisheries. They also are essential for less tangible reasons, as anyone who has fished wild waters or canoed a tranquil stream can attest. Unfortunately, in many waters around the country, fish and the habitats on which they depend are in decline.

The ACFHP region has a range of fish habitats that are critical to coastal fisheries. These habitats represent areas where fishes forage, seek refuge, grow, or spawn. ACFHP has selected three to four priority fish habitats within each subregion to receive heightened attention and support.

Edward Peter Steenstra, USFWS
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