Happy Holidays from all of us in the National Fish Habitat Partnership family!
Working together to conserve coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fish habitat The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership is a coast-wide collaborative effort to accelerate the conservation of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes.
We are a Partnership consisting of resource managers, scientists and professionals representing 30 different state, federal, tribal, non-governmental and other entities. We work in areas stretching from Maine to the Florida Keys, and from the headwaters of coastally draining rivers to the edge of the continental shelf, with a focus in estuarine environments
Mission: To accelerate the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes through partnerships between federal, tribal, state, local, and other entities.
Happy Holidays from all of us in the National Fish Habitat Partnership family!
Our partner The Pew Charitable Trusts has started collaborating on projects to boost climate change resiliency at military bases in Virginia and North Carolina. This work also benefits fish habitat and the local ecosystems. To learn more, read their latest blog post here: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/11/18/pew-joins-projects-to-boost-us-military-base-resiliency-through-conservation.
Coastal military installations in the U.S. face serious threats from unconventional adversaries—sea level rise, coastal erosion, and more frequent and powerful storms—that can limit training and functionality, and compromise troop safety.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program RFP has been released. The deadline to submit proposals is January 28, 2021. To learn more, visit: https://www.nfwf.org/programs/five-star-and-urban-waters-restoration-grant-program/five-star-and-urban-waters-restoration-grant-program-2021-request-proposals
Full Proposal Due Date: January 28, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time OVERVIEW The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS),....
What created the Eastern U.S. wetlands so many of our focal species call home? According to this new study by Braswell et al. from the University of Florida, rising seas and agriculture are to thank. To read more, visit: https://eos.org/research-spotlights/rising-seas-and-agriculture-created-wetlands-along-the-u-s-east-coast
Most of the tidal marshes along the eastern coast of the United States formed within the past 6,000 years due to a combination of slowly rising seas and European colonization.
Our partners at The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Nature Conservancy have been working on a great program to buy overgrown oysters from growers unable to sell their supply to restaurants due to Covid-19, and to use them for fish habitat restoration projects instead. To read more, visit: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/10/21/oyster-restoration-offers-new-market-for-shellfish-farmers
This year has been hard on shellfish farmers, with sales to restaurants way down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That has left many farmers holding oysters even as they grew beyond the ideal size for the half-shell market, and has created a major dilemma over what to do with those oversized bivalv...
ACFHP is excited to welcome our newest partner, Ducks Unlimited, to the Partnership! DU conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitat for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit people and other wildlife, including fishes. To read the announcement, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/acfhp-welcomes-ducks-unlimited-as-new-member-to-the-partnership/.
ACFHP Welcomes Ducks Unlimited as New Member to the Partnership September 28, 2020 The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP or Partnership) is excited to welcome Ducks Unlimited to the Partnership. Ducks Unlimited (DU) works both nationally and internationally to conserve aquatic habitat...
FY2021 National Fish Habitat Action Plan funding for on the ground fish habitat conservation is now available! The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, October 16, 2020. For details, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/fy2021-atlantic-coastal-fish-habitat-partnership-application-cycle/
FY2021 Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Application Cycle 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 U.S. Atlantic Coast. Fe...
Hot off the press! ACFHP has recently completed a coastwide assessment to spatially prioritize fish habitat protection and restoration sites through GIS mapping and analyses. Results will help ACFHP, our partners, and various stakeholders better identify locations in need of habitat conservation. ACFHP worked closely with The Nature Conservancy and Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) throughout the process, and we are excited to share the results with you all. To learn more, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/acfhp-launches-fish-habitat-conservation-area-mapping-and-prioritization-project/
The National Fish Habitat Partnership's 2019 Annual Report is now available! Check out the great fish habitat conservation work we've been doing across the country here: http://www.fishhabitat.org/files/uploads/NFHP_Final_19_AR.pdf.
Our partner, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, has recently received funding to expand the Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary in Pamlico Sound, a project previously endorsed by ACFHP. To learn more, visit: https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/08/federation-named-for-oyster-project-funding/
The North Carolina Coastal Federation, in partnership with the Division of Marine Fisheries, has been recommended for $750,000 to add up to 15 acres of new oyster reef habitat to the Swan Island Oyste
We've been working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Lynnhaven River Now to restore oyster reefs in the Lynnhaven River. Check out this Public News Service feature to learn more: https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2020-08-03/environment/va-restoration-project-creates-oyster-reefs-from-tons-of-concrete/a71037-1
Correction: 08/03/2020 12:38 p.m. CST - Army Corps of Engineers received $10 million in federal funding, not Lynnhaven River NOW. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. ...
SAV is a habitat worth SAV-ing. Check out this NOAA Fisheries article to see why: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/submerged-aquatic-vegetation-habitat-worth-sav-ing?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
American Rivers just created a great StoryMap on why we should 'Invest in Rivers.' Check it out here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/daf9f616eba4402cab1cc88400e9d685
For clean water, our communities, our future
GRID-Arendal and the UN Environment Programme put together a wonderful story map on seagrasses. You can enjoy it here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/098c795b5afc4beca9ab6417b32e5bac.
Seagrass - all you need to know
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program recently released reports on the 2020 status of US coral reefs. Check out the Florida report here:https://www.coris.noaa.gov/monitoring/status_report/docs/FL_508_compliant.pdf
The latest news from along the Atlantic coast.
Want an update on the Columbia Dam removal? Check out these two stories from the Public News Service:
ACFHP's chair, Kent Smith, is quoted along with The Nature Conservancy project managers! The Columbia Dam removal was funded in FY2018 by ACFHP through the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.
NEW HOPE, Pa. -- A dam removal project is having a positive impact on the Delaware River's ecosystem, including a boost to the population of migratory fish. Removal of the Columbia dam on the Paulins Kill in New Jersey has given migrating shad and sea lamprey access to 20 miles of spawning waterways...
NOAA Fisheries Service has recently released infographics on the benefits of oyster reefs, coastal wetland habitats, and opening fish passage. View them here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/infographic/infographic-value-oyster-habitat, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/infographic/infographic-value-coastal-wetland-habitat, and https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/infographic-value-opening-rivers-fish?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
Want to know what the National Fish Habitat Partnership has been up to lately? Check out the new infographic to learn about some of the great work ACFHP and the 19 other Fish Habitat Partnerships have been accomplishing.
Restore America's Estuaries has recently released a coastal restoration toolkit. The toolkit provides tools and information needed to address flooding, coastal erosion, water quality, invasive species, and wildlife habitat restoration. To learn more, visit: https://restoreyourcoast.org/.
Find tools and information you need to launch a restoration project in your community.
The UN Environment Programme just released a report on seagrass titled Out of the Blue: The Value of Seagrasses to the Environment and to People. To read it, visit: https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/report/out-blue-value-seagrasses-environment-and-people
The importance of seagrasses is highlighted in a new report, Out of the Blue: The Value of Seagrasses to the Environment and to People, released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) together with GRID-Arendal and UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Seagrasses are...
Last year, NOAA Fisheries Service funded the North Carolina Coastal Federation's initiative to work with anglers to restore oyster reefs and salt marshes in Stump Sound, NC, through ACFHP. Check out their progress in NOAA's feature article here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/progress-efforts-engage-recreational-anglers-and-restore-habitat
We are excited to announce that four fish habitat conservation projects have been approved for NFHAP funding in the ACFHP region. To read about the projects, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/eleventh-round-of-habitat-conservation-projects-approved-for-funding/
Eleventh Round of Habitat Conservation Projects Approved for Funding June 10, 2020 ACFHP is excited to announce that the following four projects will be receiving National Fish Habitat Action Plan funding for the 2020 fiscal year, based on our recommendations to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Tow...
Our partner, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, just released the publication Aquaculture: Effects on Fish Habitat Along the Atlantic Coast. You can access it directly on the ASMFC website: http://www.asmfc.org/files/Habitat/HMS16_Aquaculture_May2020.pdf, or by visiting our Outreach and Communications webpage (https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/outreach-and-communications-projects/).
This report summarizes the focuses and priorities of restoration practitioners along the Atlantic coast. Results are from a survey conducted in 2014, and they help ACFHP better understand our priorities and ways to focus our efforts on a regional or coastal scale.
Why conserve fish habitat? For one, it puts food on your table. NOAA Fisheries Service explains how: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/protecting-fish-habitat-helps-put-food-your-table?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
Researchers at Florida State University recently published a review on spatial planning principles for marine ecosystem restoration in Frontiers in Marine Science. To view the article, visit: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.00328/full.
Coastal and marine ecosystems characterized by foundation species, such as seagrass beds, coral reefs, salt marshes, oyster reefs, and mangrove forests, are rich in biodiversity and support a range of ecosystem services including coastal protection, food provisioning, water filtration, carbon seques...
The ACFHP Steering Committee will be meeting via webinar May 26th and 27th. Check out the agenda on our website - all partners are welcome to listen in! https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/meetings/
ACFHP is excited to announce the FishAmerica Foundation has recently awarded the MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife (through the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and ACFHP) funding to restore sponge habitat for fishes and invertebrates in the Florida Keys. For more information, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/project/improving-gray-snapper-habitat-sponge-restoration-in-florida-bay/.
Improving Gray Snapper Habitat: Sponge Restoration in Florida Bay click photo to view photo gallery Florida Keys, Florida Funded in FY20 through the FishAmerica Foundation In recent decades, recurring algal blooms have affected large portions of the shallow waters of the Florida Keys. These blooms s...
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Bring Back the Natives) and National Estuaries Program (Coastal Watersheds Grant Program) have new funding opportunities available. To see both RFPs, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/funding-opportunities/
Funding Opportunities NFWF Bring Back the Natives 2020; pre-proposal deadline: June 4, 2020. NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program; letters of intent deadline: August 7, 2020.
We're currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award! The deadline to submit a nomination is May 20, 2020. For instructions and to learn about past recipients, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/melissa-laser-fish-habitat-conservation-award/.
Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award The annual Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award is bestowed upon individuals deemed to further the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes in a uni...
Funding Opportunity: National Coastal Resilience Fund
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced the National Coastal Resilience Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020. NFWF will make investments to restore and strengthen natural systems so they can protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly, and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife. Pre-proposals are due April 8, 2020. Learn more here - https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020%20NCRF%20RFP.pdf.
The unexpected engineer of mangrove ecosystems is a jellyfish that swims the wrong way: https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/the-upside-of-upside-down-jellyfish/
Happy #WorldWetlandsDay! Did you know that wetlands, improve water quality, provide wildlife habitat, maintain ecosystem productivity, reduce coastal storm damage, provide recreational opportunities, improve the water supply and provide opportunities for education.
Happy #WorldWetlandsDay! Today, and everyday, we should recognize the impact small rivers and streams have on the quality of our major rivers and lakes. We are all downstream. http://bit.ly/2nd3GkM
Recycled plastic bottles get a new life as artificial islands on the Louisiana coastline.
A new study published in Global Change Biology by researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology has found that corals living in murky waters are less affected by temperature stress than those in areas of better water clarity. To learn more, visit: https://phys.org/news/2020-01-corals-murky-affected-temperature-stress.html.
Persistent temperature stress events are degrading coral reefs worldwide, but a new study from Florida Institute of Technology has found that corals in naturally turbid waters are less affected by thermal stress than corals in clearer water.
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