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.
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.
NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay Program
With a 64,000 square mile watershed that more than 18 million people in parts of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and all of Washington, D.C. call home, the Chesapeake Bay is a complex ecosystem. Federal and state agencies, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions are working together to address the Bay's many challenges. In 2014, Chesapeake Bay Program federal and state partners signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, including ten goals that will support the restoration and protection of the Bay watershed.
Learn about Deep-Sea Coral through Story Maps
As part of Habitat Month, visit a new story map focusing on the deep-sea corals and sponges of Alaska, fourth in a series of story maps exploring deep-sea coral.
Meet Eric Hutchins, Habitat Restoration Biologist
One of Eric’s great skills is showing people of all ages the importance of the habitat they live in and around.
Highlighting the Power of Partnerships
Successful habitat conservation requires collaboration. Learn more about how we work with partners and why thar matters in our work from Pat Montanio, director of the Office of Habitat Conservation.
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.
ShoreZone Coastal Habitat Surveys Continue in Alaska
Scientists involved in the Alaska ShoreZone program have been steadily imaging and mapping Alaska’s rich coastal habitats since 2001. Over ninety percent of Alaska’s approximately 80,000 km of coastline has been completed, but gaps remain. During NOAA Fisheries’ Habitat Month in July 2018, imaging experts are filling in one of those gaps - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska’s southeast panhandle.
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.
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
2018 NOAA Habitat Photo Contest
NOAA is looking for compelling habitat photographs to help celebrate NOAA Habitat Month. The 2018 photo contest recognizes photographers who have captured beautiful and captivating images of coastal and ocean habitat and the people, science, restoration, and protection activities associated with it. We conserve habitat to sustain fisheries, recover protected species, and maintain resilient coastal ecosystems and communities.
Nominate Outstanding Steward in Coastal and Marine Habitat Conservation
Do you know someone who has done great things for coastal and marine habitat conservation? The NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation and our partner, American Fisheries Society, are seeking nominations for the 2018 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award by July 27, 2018.
Part of restoring commercially and recreationally important fish populations happens through restoring the habitat of those species. Repairing degraded fish habitat is the specialty of NOAA's Restoration Center.
Scientists with NOAA Fisheries discover deep-sea coral gardens close to shore (25 miles) and shallow (700 feet). Unknown until 2014, these Gulf of Maine spots abound with corals, cod, and a snapping goosefish. Look out!
Veterans work to restore salmon habitat in California's Eel River Watershed.