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Celebrating Habitat Month 2021: Connecting Habitat, Climate, and Communities

July 20, 2021

Dive into Habitat Month and learn more about the role and connection of healthy coastal habitats to our nation’s communities and ecosystems as our climate changes.

750x500-JuvenileBocaccio-Credit-AdamObaza-OHC.jpg Juvenile bocaccio with kelp. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Adam Obaza
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Erosion destroyed this Ventura bike path and part of a parking lot built on fill. Credit: Paul Jenkin/Surfrider Foundation

We are excited to kick off Habitat Month at NOAA Fisheries. All month long, we will share our incredible habitat conservation efforts through our website and social media.

The theme this year is "Connecting Habitat, Climate, and Communities!” We will explain how our habitat work supports resilient communities and ecosystems and connects to climate change.

We will highlight a variety of different habitat conservation projects and products, hold a photo contest open to all, and announce funding for new projects from six grant competitions. Follow us here and on Twitter (@NOAAHabitat, #HabitatMonth).  Also, be sure to stay up-to-date each month by becoming a HabitatNews subscriber. Help spread the word about the importance of habitat conservation to communities, and our planet!

Habitat Features

Explore Essential Fish Habitats with our Updated Interactive Mapper

Use our updated Essential Fish Habitat Mapper to view important habitat for managed fish species.

Explore the Essential Fish Habitat Mapper

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Steelhead swimming in stream. Credit: John McMillan

$1.43 Million in NOAA Funding Recommended for Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants Projects

Three new and four continuing projects will develop novel coral restoration and intervention methods to restore resilient coral ecosystems.

Learn more about for the Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants projects

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A scientist takes photos of the corals growing on this vibrant reef to help assess reef health.
A scientist takes photos of the corals growing on this vibrant reef to help assess reef health. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Louise Giuseffi.

Shasta River Habitat Restoration Builds Salmon’s Resilience to Rising Temperatures

A NOAA-supported project in California restores high-quality, cold-water habitat for salmon, boosting their resilience to rising temperatures due to climate change.

Learn more about Shasta River habitat restoration

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Fence installation along a tributary of the Shasta River. Credit: Erika Nortemann.

Four Fisheries Research Projects to Connect Chesapeake Bay Fish, Changing Habitat

Research projects will give resource managers science they need as they look to the future.

Learn more about the research projects

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Three scientists examine and document the contents of a net on the shores of a river.
Researchers explore how what happens on land can affect fish and other species in the water.

Work Continues toward Goal to Restore Oysters to 10 Chesapeake Tributaries by 2025

NOAA and partners continue constructing reefs, planting reefs with baby oysters, and using technology to monitor progress this summer.

Learn more about oyster restoration work in the Chesapeake Bay tributaries

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Experts wash oysters shells that have juvenile oysters attached to them—called "spat on shell"—off the deck of a barge and onto a reef restoration area. Photo: Oyster Recovery Partnership

$8.3 Million in Funding Recommended for Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Projects

Funding for 23 ongoing habitat restoration projects will support productive and sustainable fisheries, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities across the nation.

Learn more about the coastal and marine habitat restoration projects

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Excavators deposit limestone marl into Pamlico Sound in North Carolina to form the base of oyster habitat. Credit: North Carolina Coastal Federation.

NOAA Fisheries Funding to Bolster Environmental Education Projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

NOAA is recommending $2.6 million in funding for NOAA Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) projects to support environmental literacy.

Learn more about the new grants

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Students participate in a stream exploration lesson with Howard County Conservancy (Maryland) in a B-WET supported program.

Successful Fish Passage Efforts Across the Nation

Fish passage is important to the protection and restoration of fish and their habitats.

Learn more about fish passage efforts across the country

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Town Brook, Massachusetts after removing seven barriers to herring migration. Credit: NOAA

New Discoveries and Management Decisions in the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Report to Congress

The report highlights the impressive discoveries, science-informed management decisions, benefits of collaborative partnerships, and more.

Learn more about the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Report

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Vermillion rockfish with gorgonian coral on the northeast wall of Santa Cruz Canyon in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Vermillion rockfish with gorgonian coral on the northeast wall of Santa Cruz Canyon in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Video: Healthy Habitat: The Foundation of America's Seafood and Fisheries

Healthy habitat is the foundation of our nation's seafood and fisheries. Habitat provides important feeding and breeding grounds for fish and protected species and without healthy habitat, we cannot sustain the fisheries that will feed Americans now.

Infographic: The Value of Oyster Habitat

Oysters live in salty or brackish waters on all U.S. coasts and help clean the water. The reefs they form provide habitat for fish and other species. NOAA and partners are working to restore oyster reefs—and their important ecosystem services.

Learn more about the value of oyster habitat

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Infographic on oyster habitat. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Storymap: Oyster Reef Restoration

A NOAA-led partnership to bring back oyster reef habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Explore oyster reef restoration in the Chesapeake Bay

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Oyster Restoration Partnership oysters. Credit: Oyster Restoration Partnership

More Habitat, More Fish: New Tool to Estimate Fish Production Within Nursery Habitats

New online tool provides estimates of the number of juvenile fish and invertebrates that are produced within nursery habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn more about the new online tool

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Salt Marsh in Texas. Credit: Pedro Brandao