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Habitat‒Working for You: Habitat Month 2019

June 29, 2019

Join us for Habitat Month and see how NOAA works to support healthy habitat, which provides numerous benefits to communities and our economy.


We are excited to announce the kick off of Habitat Month at NOAA Fisheries. All month long, we will be working to communicate and promote our habitat conservation efforts through our website and social media. The theme this year is, "Habitat‒Working for You!” Healthy habitat provides numerous benefits to communities and our economy. NOAA also works in support of these habitats. 

During this year’s Habitat Month, we will unveil some new communications products and announce results from three grant competitions. Consider entering some of your habitat photos to our photo contest that runs through July 22. Help spread the word about habitat conservation! Follow us here and through Twitter (@NOAAHabitat, #HabitatMonth). Be an active participant and help spread the word about habitat conservation!

Habitat Features

Announcing the 2019 Habitat Month Photo Contest Winners!

The 2019 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 winning photo entries


Photos were accepted for four categories: Coastal Wetlands, Estuaries, Rivers, and Underwater Habitats. 

Three Living Shorelines Creating Habitat, Protecting the Gulf Coast

NOAA is working with state partners on living shoreline projects in the Gulf of Mexico—restoring and creating resilient coastal habitats and communities damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Learn more about this partnership to protect the Gulf

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Rocks and oyster shells line these Alabama marsh shores to create and protect habitat there.

500,000th Spiny Superhero Released to Devour Hawaiʻi's Coral-smothering Algae

Half a million sea urchins have now been deployed through NOAA and partners’ work restoring corals after the M/V Cape Flattery grounded on an Oʻahu reef.

Learn how sea urchins can help restore coral reefs

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A Hawaiian collector sea urchins cleaning a coral of invasive algae in Kāne‘ohe Bay.

Chinook Salmon Habitat Restoration in Washington Sees Positive Results

NOAA and partners have seen success in efforts toward Chinook salmon recovery in the Skagit River estuary, but much more work is needed to achieve population recovery goals.

Learn more about healthy habitat benefits for Chinook salmon

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A portion of Washington’s Skagit River estuary. (Photo: Andrew Stevens/USGS).

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.

West Coast Veterans Give Fish New Upstream Habitat Connections

Veterans Corps programs in Washington and California are providing former service members with new opportunities to gain skills and valuable job experiences while helping improve endangered and threatened fish populations.

Learn more about Veteran Corps programs in Washington and California

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California Veterans Corps member, James Garcia, monitors a stream in Southern California.

GulfCorps Brings Ecosystem Recovery to the Gulf Coast

GulfCorps is working to mobilize community youth to create resilient coasts and communities in the five Gulf States.

Learn more about GulfCorps


GulfCorps building oyster reefs to protect eroding shorelines.

Nineteen Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Projects Recommended for 2019 NOAA Funding

$10.4 million in funding will support productive and sustainable fisheries, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities across the nation.

Learn more about the recommended coastal and marine habitat restoration projects


Community-based Restoration Program funding helped remove Wimer Dam from Evans Creek, restoring habitat access for salmon and steelhead in Oregon.

Habitat Month Highlights How Habitat is Working for You

Learn more about healthy habitat’s connection to the blue economy.

Read our latest leadership message


Stand-up paddle boarders explore marsh around Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Coastal Wetlands‒Working for You!

For Habitat Month 2019, NOAA is celebrating coastal wetland habitat and how we work for you to protect and restore this important resource.

Learn more about coastal wetlands


Morning walk on the Dike Trail of the Mendenhall Wetlands in Juneau, Alaska.

Rivers‒Working for You!

Rivers provide valuable habitat for fish to thrive. As millions of fish migrate to their native river habitats each year to reproduce, they are often blocked from completing their journey. Learn how rivers provide for our economy and our communities, and how NOAA is helping to restore fish passage nationwide.

Learn more about rivers


The Little Sur River winds its way into the Pacific in Big Sur, California.

Estuaries‒Working for You!

NOAA celebrates estuary habitat and how we work for you, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Oregon Coast.

Learn more about how estuaries and NOAA's works to protect and conserve them


Chesapeake Bay estuary.

Underwater Habitat‒Working for You!

Underwater habitat, includes shallow coraloyster reefs, and deep-sea coral. Many commercially important fish species depend on these habitats for food and shelter.

Learn more about how NOAA works to conserve these important underwater habitats


Infographic: Habitat Conservation

NOAA works to protect and restore marine and coastal habitat to sustain fisheries, recover protected species, and maintain resilient coastal ecosystems and communities.

Check out this infographic on NOAA's habitat conservation work


Infographic on NOAA's habitat conservation work and the benefits of healthy habitat.


Habitat Videos

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.

Habitat Restoration at NOAA: 25 years

Restoring wetlands, rivers, or corals reefs from natural or human-induced degradation is the focus of NOAA's Restoration Center, which is celebrating it's 25th year in existence.


Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on July 31, 2019

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