Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership 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.

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FY2021 National Fish Habitat Action Plan funding for on the ground fish habitat conservation is now available! The deadl...
09/04/2020
FY2021 Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Application Cycle – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

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 a...
09/03/2020

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/

Our partner, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, has recently received funding to expand the Swan Island Oyster Sanct...
08/11/2020
Federation Named for Oyster Project Funding | Coastal Review Online

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 R...
08/04/2020
VA Restoration Project Creates Oyster Reefs from Tons of Concrete

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. ...

07/17/2020
www.coris.noaa.gov

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

Want an update on the Columbia Dam removal? Check out these two stories from the Public News Service:https://www.publicn...
07/14/2020
Removing Dams Brings More Shad to the Delaware

Want an update on the Columbia Dam removal? Check out these two stories from the Public News Service:
https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2020-07-13/environment/removing-dams-brings-more-shad-to-the-delaware/a70832-1

http://www.soundbiteservices.com/fmtrss.php?id=1114-1&sf125241936=1

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...

Want to know what the National Fish Habitat Partnership has been up to lately? Check out the new infographic to learn ab...
07/09/2020

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 informat...
07/01/2020
Take Action to Restore Our Coastlines

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 E...
06/12/2020
Out of the Blue: The Value of Seagrasses to the Environment and to People

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...

We are excited to announce that four fish habitat conservation projects have been approved for NFHAP funding in the ACFH...
06/10/2020
Eleventh Round of Habitat Conservation Projects Approved for Funding – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

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...
06/04/2020
Outreach and Communications Projects – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

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.

Researchers at Florida State University recently published a review on spatial planning principles for marine ecosystem ...
06/01/2020
Spatial Planning Principles for Marine Ecosystem Restoration

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...

ACFHP is excited to announce the FishAmerica Foundation has recently awarded the MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife (throug...
05/07/2020
Improving Gray Snapper Habitat: Sponge Restoration in Florida Bay – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

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 Gr...
05/06/2020
Funding Opportunities – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

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...
04/29/2020
Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

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...

03/12/2020
www.nfwf.org

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.

02/03/2020
American Rivers

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

A new study published in Global Change Biology by researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology has found that cora...
01/10/2020
Corals in murky water less affected by temperature stress, research finds

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.

West Falmouth, MA just voted to support the installation of conservation moorings by retrofitting some of the 270 tradit...
01/09/2020
New moorings would protect eelgrass in West Falmouth

West Falmouth, MA just voted to support the installation of conservation moorings by retrofitting some of the 270 traditional boat moorings located in Buzzards Bay. This decision was based in part on successes and lessons learned from the work of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and ACFHP/USFWS funding. To learn more about the current project, visit: https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20200107/new-moorings-would-protect-eelgrass-in-west-falmouth. To learn more about ACFHP's work on the town's moorings, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/project/eelgrass-restoration-with-conservation-moorings-in-buzzards-bay-massachusetts/.

FALMOUTH — West Falmouth Harbor could get an environmentally friendly makeover below its surface. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday

Recently, our tenth round of habitat conservation projects were approved for funding, and we endorsed three projects as ...
12/26/2019
Tenth Round of Habitat Conservation Projects Approved for Funding and ACFHP Endorses Three Projects – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

Recently, our tenth round of habitat conservation projects were approved for funding, and we endorsed three projects as well. To learn more about each of them, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/tenth-round-of-habitat-conservation-projects-approved-for-funding-and-acfhp-endorses-three-projects/

Tenth Round of Habitat Conservation Projects Approved for Funding and ACFHP Endorses Three Projects December 26, 2019 ACFHP is excited to announce that the following four projects will be receiving National Fish Habitat Action Plan funding for the 2019 fiscal year, based on our recommendations to th...

From ACFHP and all of us in the National Fish Habitat Partnership universe, have a very happy holiday season!
12/24/2019

From ACFHP and all of us in the National Fish Habitat Partnership universe, have a very happy holiday season!

ACFHP is excited to announce the release of our new Action Plan. The Action Plan contains a subset of objectives, strate...
12/23/2019

ACFHP is excited to announce the release of our new Action Plan. The Action Plan contains a subset of objectives, strategies, and actions contained in our five-year Conservation Strategic Plan, and covers the 2020 - 2021 timeframe. To learn more, and to read the plan, visit: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/acfhp-releases-new-action-plan/

In Virginia and want to help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation restore the Bay? You can grow your own underwater grass this ...
12/11/2019
Virginia Grasses for the Masses Workshop Schedule

In Virginia and want to help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation restore the Bay? You can grow your own underwater grass this winter and spring, and then plant your hard work at designated restoration sites in May. This is a great hands-on opportunity for all ages: at home, work, or in school. Workshops are set up across the Commonweath, but space is limited. To learn more, visit: https://www.cbf.org/how-we-save-the-bay/programs-initiatives/virginia/grasses-for-the-masses/workshop-schedule.html?utm_campaign=event-grasses-20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=comms&utm_content=e1

Register for Grasses for the Masses 2020 workshops and help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers.

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