Habitat Month: The Power of Partnerships

July 18, 2018

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

Coral restoration in the Florida Keys

Coral restoration in the Florida Keys


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

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 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 more about NOAA's work in the Chesapeake Bay


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.

Learn more about deep-sea corals


An orange basket star covers a Picasso sponge at Davidson Seamount, CA

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.

Learn more about Hutchins work as a habitat restoration biologist


Habitat restoration biologist Eric Hutchins shows tiny eels to children

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.

Read Pat Montanio's leadership message

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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


The North Carolina Coastal Federation has been partnering with NOAA’s Restoration Center on living shoreline creation and oyster reef restoration for almost 20 years.

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.

Learn more about the ShoreZone program


Western entrance to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Pt. Carolus, Alaska. 

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


Janet, a Choptank watershed resident, describes her native plant garden to ESLC staff and NOAA visitors.

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

Learn more about our work with partners


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. 

Learn more about the photo contest

Collage of Habitat Month photo contest public winners

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. 

See nomination instructions and eligibility details for the Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award

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Habitat Videos

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.


        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 21, 2018

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