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Marsh Madness

While players duel it out on the court, we’re keeping score of all the ways marsh habitat plays an important role in the protection and restoration work we do for communities, fish, and wildlife.
March 25, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Coastal marsh within the Sandy Hook Bay estuary. Coastal marsh within the Sandy Hook Bay estuary. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jessie Murray

5 Lovely Reasons Why We “Heart Estuaries”

Celebrating #IHeartEstuaries is a popular way to show your love to these bodies of water where rivers meet the sea.
February 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of a river and streams flowing into a bay. Snohomish River Estuary NOAA works in Washington's Snohomish River estuary to restore habitat for salmon and other fish species. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

2022 in Review: Our Top Habitat Conservation Stories

Take a look back at some of 2022’s most popular stories about protecting and restoring habitat.
January 12, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Construction equipment in a wetland Tidal wetland restoration in California. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Evaluation of MPA Designs That Protect Highly Mobile Megafauna Now and Under Climate Change Scenarios

We study how large-scale marine protected area designs can be improved by taking animal time and space movement into consideration.
June 01, 2022 - Peer-Reviewed Research ,

Top 21 Habitat Conservation Stories of 2021

NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation continued conserving, protecting, and restoring habitat in 2021. We shared almost 80 stories about this work and habitat’s value to fisheries and communities. Here are the most popular stories and topics that surfaced
January 06, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Aerial-view-of-Chesapeake-Bay-estuary-Credit-NOAA.jpg Aerial view of a river flowing into the Chesapeake Bay estuary. Credit: NOAA

Top Habitat Conservation Stories of 2020

Despite a challenging 2020, NOAA Habitat continued protecting, restoring, and telling stories about habitat and its value to fisheries and communities. Here are the stories, videos and topics that surfaced as our most popular content throughout the year.
January 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A colorful coral community in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Image: NOAA/University of North Carolina Wilmington A colorful coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico's Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary. Image: NOAA/University of North Carolina Wilmington

How Habitat Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Connected

Why reconnect with habitat? Because it’s good for all of us—healthy habitat leads to improved mental and physical well-being and can inspire us to be better stewards of the environment.
July 31, 2020 - Feature Story ,
1598973965.jpg Families explore the tide pools at Yaquina Head Natural Area on the Oregon Coast. Credit: Bureau of Land Management.

Northeast Multispecies Closed Area Regulations

The summaries in the pages below provide a broad overview of restrictions and requirements, and are not a substitute for the regulations. You must read the regulations in conjunction with these pages to fully understand how this fishery is managed.

Oculina Bank HAPC and Experimental Closed Area Fishery Management Area Map & GIS Data

Map and GIS data representing the Oculina Bank Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC) and experimental closed area in the South Atlantic Region.
June 27, 2019 - Map ,