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

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Check out this great story map from NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation on Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish ...
09/13/2021
Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish in the Northeast

Check out this great story map from NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation on Reopening Rivers to Migratory Fish in the Northeast -- https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/c7dfb5ea18da4c7db9eb77848b827b6f

Every year, millions of fish along the Atlantic coast migrate up rivers and streams to reproduce or spend part of their lives. But they are often blocked from completing their journeys by barriers such as dams and culverts. NOAA Fisheries works to reopen these migratory pathways, restoring access to...

ACFHP is one of 20 Fish Habitat Partnerships under the National Fish Habitat Partnership. Check out some of our collecti...
09/08/2021

ACFHP is one of 20 Fish Habitat Partnerships under the National Fish Habitat Partnership. Check out some of our collective accomplishments on this infographic:https://www.fishhabitat.org/files/uploads/NFHP_2021_Infographic_8_16_Final.pdf

ACFHP is one of 20 Fish Habitat Partnerships under the National Fish Habitat Partnership. Check out some of our collective accomplishments on this infographic:https://www.fishhabitat.org/files/uploads/NFHP_2021_Infographic_8_16_Final.pdf

We at ACFHP are excited about our new partnership with Restore America's Estuaries. Together, we will leverage resources...
07/28/2021
RAE joins Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership - Restore America's Estuaries

We at ACFHP are excited about our new partnership with Restore America's Estuaries. Together, we will leverage resources to conserve estuarine habitats for fish and all who benefit from healthy coasts!

        Following the June meeting of the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) steering committee, Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) officially joined the group as a partner organization. The committee approved the membership by unanimous vote, recognizing the vast overlap in part...

NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Shell Recycling Program was endorsed by ACFHP in 2019 and is continuing to have great...
07/20/2021
Shell Recycling Program

NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Shell Recycling Program was endorsed by ACFHP in 2019 and is continuing to have great success connecting the local community with fish habitat restoration. To learn more about the program, check out this newly released YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDmhFTxom0o

The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Fisheries Administration (MFA), in partnership with Stockton University Marine Field Station, Rutgers Cooperative ...

Are you ready to help Coastal Conservation Association Maryland enhance fish habitat in the Chesapeake Bay? There are fo...
07/08/2021
Volunteer Call to Action for Reef Ball Building | Coastal Conservation Association Maryland

Are you ready to help Coastal Conservation Association Maryland enhance fish habitat in the Chesapeake Bay? There are four opportunities this summer to help build reef balls, which will be deployed at Bill Burton Pier in 2022 (an ACFHP-supported project). For more information, visit: https://www.ccamd.org/volunteer-call-to-action-for-reef-ball-building/

Are you ready to roll your sleeves up and build reef balls? Join us on any of four dates in the summer of 2021 in Easton or Cambridge. Email Amy to RSVP Today! Reef balls built on the four dates listed on the images below are part of a project…

ACFHP's twelfth round of National Fish Habitat Partnership conservation projects have been approved for funding by the U...
06/29/2021
Twelfth Round of Habitat Conservation Projects Approved for Funding – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

ACFHP's twelfth round of National Fish Habitat Partnership conservation projects have been approved for funding by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. You can read about the projects here: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/twelfth-round-of-habitat-conservation-projects-approved-for-funding/

Twelfth Round of Habitat Conservation Projects Approved for Funding June 29, 2021 ACFHP is excited to announce that the following three projects will be receiving National Fish Habitat Action Plan funding for the 2021 fiscal year, based on our recommendations to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Liv...

Public News Service recently released a news story in Maine on how fishing will play a key role in the next decade of co...
05/18/2021
Fishing to Play Key Role in Next Decade of Conservation Efforts

Public News Service recently released a news story in Maine on how fishing will play a key role in the next decade of conservation efforts. Learn more here: https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2021-05-12/oceans/fishing-to-play-key-role-in-next-decade-of-conservation-efforts/a74267-1

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Members of the Maine fishing industry are among those looking forward to having a seat at the table, to make progress toward the White House's goal to protect 30% of U.S. ocean waters by 2030. The U.S. ...

We at ACFHP are excited to announce that through NOAA Fisheries Service Recreational Fishing funding, we will be working...
05/06/2021
National Fish Habitat Partnership Projects to Enhance Recreational Fishing and Restore Habitat

We at ACFHP are excited to announce that through NOAA Fisheries Service Recreational Fishing funding, we will be working with Coastal Conservation Association Maryland to enhance fish habitat and expand outreach and education efforts at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier in Dorchester County, MD. To read about the project, see NOAA's web story here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/national-fish-habitat-partnership-projects-enhance-recreational-fishing-and-restore

Nearly $250,000 will support habitat restoration and angler engagement projects in Louisiana, Maryland, Washington, and Alaska.

The Nature Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trusts Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration (SOAR) program has re...
03/30/2021
SOAR: Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration

The Nature Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trusts Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration (SOAR) program has released an RFP for the new $1 million Shellfish Growers Resiliency Fund. The deadline for the small RFP is May 17th, and June 14th for the large RFP. To learn more, visit: https://www.nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/our-priorities/provide-food-and-water-sustainably/food-and-water-stories/oyster-covid-relief-restoration/?tab_q=tab_container_copy-tab_element_4068706.

This new program is designed to help oyster farmers impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn by purchasing surplus oysters and placing them on nearby oyster restoration projects.

Tidal vegetation, including salt marsh, is a priority habitat in ACFHP's Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and South Florida...
03/04/2021
11 Facts About Salt Marshes and Why We Need to Protect Them

Tidal vegetation, including salt marsh, is a priority habitat in ACFHP's Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and South Florida subregions. Our partner The Pew Charitable Trusts has 11 facts about salt marshes, and why we need to protect them, here: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2021/03/01/11-facts-about-salt-marshes-and-why-we-need-to-protect-them

Their grassy and sinuous channels fill and drain with saltwater as the tides ebb and flow, providing food, shelter, and nursery grounds for birds, fish, and other wildlife, ranging from dolphins and otters to snails and turtles.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting proposals for the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund. Pre-proposa...
03/03/2021
National Coastal Resilience Fund 2021 Request for Proposals

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting proposals for the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund. Pre-proposals are due Wednesday, April 7th. For more information, visit https://www.nfwf.org/programs/national-coastal-resilience-fund/national-coastal-resilience-fund-2021-request-proposals

Increasing the Nation's Natural Defenses Pre-Proposal Webinar (register here): Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET Pre-Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET Full Proposal Invitations: Mid-May 2021 Full Proposal by Invite Only Due Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by 11...

Check out the link below for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's State of the Bay presentation.
03/02/2021
Finishing the Job: 2020 State of the Bay Report Explained

Check out the link below for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's State of the Bay presentation.

Join CBF President Will Baker, Director of Science & Agriculture Policy Beth McGee, PhD, and Senior Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore as they explain the science behind the 2020 State of the Bay report and how CBF plans to move forward.

CBS News recently covered The World's Forgotten Fishes report, which describes the catastrophic decline of freshwater fi...
02/25/2021
Freshwater fish are in "catastrophic" decline with one-third facing extinction, report finds

CBS News recently covered The World's Forgotten Fishes report, which describes the catastrophic decline of freshwater fishes around the world. The effects of dams on migratory species is referenced in the article. To learn more, visit: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/freshwater-fish-catastrophic-extinction-endangered-species-climate-change/

80 freshwater species have already been declared extinct — 16 of them in 2020 alone.

Last week, the National Fish Habitat Partnership elected its new Board members. Read more in their post below!
02/19/2021
National Fish Habitat Board Elects Remaining Members | National Fish Habitat Partnership

Last week, the National Fish Habitat Partnership elected its new Board members. Read more in their post below!

The mission of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan is to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is finding that both SLR is occurring, and sea level is rising more rapidly ove...
02/17/2021
Sea Level Rising More Rapidly: 'Report Cards' | Coastal Review Online

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is finding that both SLR is occurring, and sea level is rising more rapidly over time.

The recently released U.S. Sea-Level Report Cards from William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences show that not only are seas rising faster, the acceleration rate is increasing.

ACFHP is excited to share the National Fish Habitat Partnership's news that Bass Pro Shops has announced the 2021 Nation...
02/11/2021
US Open - Locations

ACFHP is excited to share the National Fish Habitat Partnership's news that Bass Pro Shops has announced the 2021 National Bass Fishing Amateur Teams Bass Fishing Championship, and proceeds will support the National Fish Habitat Partnership. To learn more visit: https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/usopen-locations or check out the press release here: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/bass-pro-shops-announces-us-open-national-bass-fishing-championship-proceeds-to-support-nfhp/

US Open - Locations

02/05/2021

ACFHP is seeking a development strategy consultant to evaluate ACFHP’s current fundraising capacity and determine next steps for growing the organization’s fundraising capacity. The project goal is to define strategies to increase ACFHP’s financial resources and recommend actions to raise funds through private and public means. The RFP can be accessed on our website: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/acfhp-seeking-consultant-for-development-strategy/, and the deadline to apply is Monday, March 15, 2021.

Our partner The American Littoral Society has put together a great story board on protecting fish and fish habitat in th...
01/27/2021
Protecting Offshore Fish and Fish Habitat in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean – A special publication of the American Littoral Society

Our partner The American Littoral Society has put together a great story board on protecting fish and fish habitat in the Mid-Atlantic. Check it out here: https://protectfish.org/?blm_aid=173740

Protecting Offshore Fish and Fish Habitat in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean A Special Publication of the American Littoral Society Home PFAs PFAs and Sand Mining PFAs and Offshore Wind Angler Insights View Report View Executive Summary View Recommendations View Maps View 2017 Technical Memorandum Menu Home....

01/11/2021
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Here's an update on the Lynnhaven River oyster restoration project we helped to get funded: https://www.pressreader.com/usa/daily-press/20210109/281483574016772. The reef will be named after Mary Louise Gayle, who worked for Virginia Beach's public works department for 24 years. She was senselessly gunned down at her office building on May 31, 2019, where 11 others were also tragically killed.

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Delaware's Local Implementation Funding Grant RFP is now open. Local implementation funding is intended for use by local...
01/04/2021
Local Implementation Funding Grant - DNREC Alpha

Delaware's Local Implementation Funding Grant RFP is now open. Local implementation funding is intended for use by local entities within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for best management practices (BMPs) implementation projects that will improve water quality by reduction of nutrient and sediment loads. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 17th. Details here: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/watershed-stewardship/nps/chesapeake-grants/local-implementation/

The Local Implementation Funding Grant is an annually-determined portion of funding set aside in Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant. Local implementation funding is intended for use by local entities within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for best management practi...

Here's the 2020 Annual Issue of Habitat Hotline Atlantic just in time for Christmas. The focus of this Hotline is habita...
12/24/2020

Here's the 2020 Annual Issue of Habitat Hotline Atlantic just in time for Christmas. The focus of this Hotline is habitat assessments and the importance of understanding how these habitats and their conditions affect the fisheries that are so dependent on them --http://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file/5fe4bfffHabitatHotlineAtlantic_2020.pdf

Here's the 2020 Annual Issue of Habitat Hotline Atlantic just in time for Christmas. The focus of this Hotline is habitat assessments and the importance of understanding how these habitats and their conditions affect the fisheries that are so dependent on them --http://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file/5fe4bfffHabitatHotlineAtlantic_2020.pdf

Happy Holidays from all of us in the National Fish Habitat Partnership family!
12/17/2020

Happy Holidays from all of us in the National Fish Habitat Partnership family!

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 milita...
11/20/2020
Pew Joins Projects to Boost US Military Base Resiliency Through Conservation

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 Janu...
11/17/2020
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2021 Request for Proposals

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),....

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