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2018 NOAA Habitat Photo Contest

Submit your winning coastal and marine habitat photos by July 23, 2018.
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2017 Habitat Month Photo Awards - Public Winners

Nominate Outstanding Steward in Coastal and Marine Habitat Conservation

Dr. Nancy Foster Conservation Award: Open Until June 22, 2018
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NOAA Announces Partnership to Restore Habitats Damaged by Oil and Hazardous Waste

Five-year partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has an initial recommendation of $1.5 million to restore kelp forests and rocky reef off the California coast.
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Kelp forests like this off of Catalina Island in California provide shelter and food for fish and invertebrate species.

NOAA and Partners Build Coastal Resiliency with Natural Infrastructure in Louisiana

Barrier islands and marsh are disappearing at an alarming rate, reducing habitat and its benefit to coastal ecosystems and communities.
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Heavy equipment moves sediment around restored areas of a barrier island.

Restoring the Gulf of Mexico, Two Years after Historic Deepwater Horizon Settlement

In 2017 NOAA and the other Trustees continue to make significant progress toward restoring the Gulf of Mexico from Deepwater Horizon, which poured oil into the water and onto the coastline for almost three months in 2010.
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A large pipeline moves sediment to restore Chenier Ronquille barrier island in Louisiana

A large pipeline moves sediment to restore Chenier Ronquille barrier island along the Louisiana coast.

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

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

River Herring are Running in Local Rivers

It’s that time of year. River herring are returning to local rivers and streams to spawn. For Northeast Fisheries Science Center researcher Ruth Haas-Castro, counts began April 1 at Mill Pond in Marstons Mills on Cape Cod and will continue while the river herring are running in April and May, sometimes...
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River herring gets over a fish ladder at Mill Pond in Marstons Mills on Cape Cod.

21 Migratory Fish Facts That'll Make You Say, "I Never Knew That!"

Saturday, April 21 is World Fish Migration Day—a day to create awareness about the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. To celebrate World Fish Migration Day we’re sharing a collection of migratory fish fact that’ll make you say, “I never knew that!” From river herring and Atlantic salmon to...
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rainbow smelt

Rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax)