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Habitat Month: The Power of Partnerships

July 26, 2018

Dig into Habitat Month and learn how healthy habitat depends on the power of partnerships.


We are excited to announce the kick off of Habitat Month at NOAA Fisheries. During July we will be working to communicate and promote our habitat conservation efforts online. The theme this year is, "The Power of Partnerships!” Everything we do requires strong partnerships and they are incredibly important to us. We work in partnerships at all levels—with local, state, federal governments, private entities, and non-governmental organizations—toward shared goals and enhanced understanding.

This Habitat Month, we will be holding a photo contest, highlighting partnerships through Habitat Hero spotlights, sharing recent habitat efforts from across the country, and announcing recent grant selections. Please follow along and help spread the word about habitat conservation to your partners and friends.

Habitat Features

2018 Habitat Month Photo Contest Winners Announced

The 2018 NOAA Habitat Month digital photo contest recognized photographers who have captured beautiful and captivating images of the habitats we and our partners are working to conserve, protect and restore.

Check out the winners of the 2018 Habitat Month photo contest

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The 2018 Habitat Month Photo Contest public winners. 

Habitat Focus Area Spotlight

Partnerships are a critical component of the Habitat Focus Area approach. Partners provide technical and on the ground support in the Focus Areas to advance our shared goals of improving habitat conditions for fish and coastal communities.

Learn more about NOAA’s Habitat Focus Area partners


Partnering on Coral Reef Restoration

The Coral Restoration Foundation is a collaboration machine—focusing on active reef restoration, scientific research, and education.

Learn more NOAA's partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation


CRF's Jessica Levy Brings New Corals to Plant on the Reef Image. Credit: Coral Restoration Foundation

$1.2 Million in Funding for Partners Working in NOAA’s Habitat Focus Areas

NOAA announces $1.2 million in funding for habitat restoration in seven Habitat Focus Areas.

Learn more about the funded projects in NOAA's Habitat Focus Areas 


Science and Stewardship: Keys to Restoring Kachemak Bay

In Alaska, Kachemak Bay is a sentinel site for the Gulf of Alaska, and one of NOAA’s Habitat Focus Areas, bringing together science, shellfish restoration and the community to better understand and address challenges from changing conditions.

Explore NOAA’s Veteran and Conservation Corps Programs

Veteran and corps programs are enhancing workforce development and opportunities for higher education in the natural resources field, while restoring coastal habitat to support healthy fisheries, fishing communities, and NOAA trust resources.

Learn more about NOAA's Veteran and Conservation Corps programs


California Veteran Corps Fisheries Program participants take a photo break from monitoring habitat.

The National Fish Habitat Partnership

A science-based, state-led initiative to protect, restore, and maintain America’s aquatic ecosystems.

Learn more about the National Fish Habitat Partnership


The National Fish Habitat Board visits a restoration site in Rapid Creek, South Dakota.

Partnering in Paradise with the Nature Conservancy

Restoration partnerships with Hawaiʻi’s coastal communities.

Learn more about NOAA's partnership with the Nature Conservancy


TNC staff after clearing taro lo‘i (paths) during their annual staff work day. Credit: TNC.

NOAA Announces Funding Recommendations for 2018 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Projects

NOAA Fisheries is recommending $4.78 million for eight Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects to restore habitat and improve resilience in degraded Great Lakes ecosystems.

Learn how these projects will benefit the Great Lakes environment and local communities

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A new bridge spanning historic Little Rapids on the St. Marys River, which replaced previous barriers to fish passage. Now fish can access spawning and feeding habitat.

NOAA Announces Funding for Sixteen Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Projects

$8.2 million will leverage resources and establish lasting partnerships in support of productive and sustainable fisheries, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities.

Learn more about the funded projects

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Removal of Bloede Dam on the Patapsco River in MD, is a recommended project for funding.

Highlighting the Power of Partnerships

Successful habitat conservation requires collaboration. Learn more about how we work with partners and why that matters in our work from Pat Montanio, director of the Office of Habitat Conservation.

Read Pat Montanio's leadership message

NOAA staff at restoration site

NOAA staff join partners from The Nature Conservancy and State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources at the He'eia wetland and stream restoration site in Oahu, Hawaii this spring. 

Habitat Heroes: Meet Some of Our Partners in Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation requires strong partnerships and so we work at all levels – with local, state, federal governments, private entities, and non-governmental organizations – toward shared goals in support of sustainable fisheries and protected species recovery.

Learn more about the partnership efforts helping us achieve those goals

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Building community capacity through workshops, field trips, and volunteer reforestation efforts are a priority for Protectores de Cuencas. Credit: Protectores de Cuencas

The Power of Partnerships

Partners are key to habitat conservation! Our habitat conservation efforts are collaborative and use sound science in support of sustaining fisheries and recovering protected species

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, NOAA and partners are conducting science, restoring habitat, and working with community organizations to help residents develop and implement their vision for a healthy Choptank River.

On Hawai’i Island, NOAA is partnering with The Nature Conservancy, local communities, government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to restore habitat and improve coral reef health along with other natural and cultural resources.


Habitat Heroes, Some of Our Partners in Habitat Conservation

Everything we do related to habitat conservation requires strong partnerships, and they are incredibly important to us.


Last updated by Office of Communications on July 22, 2022

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