(Washington, DC) - The National Fish Habitat Partnership (www.fishhabitat.org) has unveiled its list of 10 “Waters to Watch” for 2016, a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and watershed systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. These voluntary, locally-driven projects represent some of the top conservation activities in progress implemented by 19 regional Fish...Read more
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has awarded $1,826,156 to 18 of the 19 Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHP) under the National Fish Habitat Partnership, for projects to be implemented in 2016. This project funding is in addition to $1,350,00 for the operational support that 18 of the 19 FHPs received in 2016. The breakdown of project funding by FHP received from the USFWS is listed below.
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) - $121,824
(Washington, DC) – The National Fish Habitat Fund, marketed under the brand Beyond the Pond, has launched a website and proactive communication platform to benefit the National Fish Habitat Partnership. Beyond the Pond, a 501(c)3 organization which received IRS approval in 2015, was established to help build capacity for the 19 Fish Habitat Partnerships established across the country by providing an opportunity to connect with the private sector.
Beyond the Pond, has established a...Read more
April 21, 2016 (Washington, DC) –On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan Sportsmen’s package, which contained several provisions that are key to the conservation of our natural resources in the United States. One of the many provisions of the package, which covered multiple sessions of Congress spanning five years, was the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act (NFHCTPA), which would codify the National Fish Habitat Partnership program. The NFHCTPA was adopted...Read more
In early March, The National Fish Habitat Partnership and the Habitat Section of the American Fisheries Society were honored to present National Fish Habitat Awards to Gordon Robertson (Extraordinary Action in Support of Fish Habitat Conservation Award) and Drs. Tyler Wagner and Tyrell DeWeber (National Fish Habitat Award for excellence in Scientific Achievement).
Gordon Robertson, American Sportfishing Association (ASA), retired, was heavily involved in the original National Fish...Read more
Two new members have been appointed to the National Fish Habitat Board, representing the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA) and the Southeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Peter Aarrestad, appointed by NEAFWA, is the Director, Inland Fisheries Division in the Bureau of Natural Resources of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Mr. Aarrestad replaces Leroy Young on the Board. The other appointment to the Board...Read more
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met January 20, to consider S.659, The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. The Partnership is happy to report that, after much discussion in committee, the bill passed as amended (12-8 vote). One of the Amendments included in the Bill was the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act. The committee took affirmative action on the following priorities:
- Codification and support of the National Fish Habitat...Read more
The next meeting of National Fish Habitat Board meeting will take place in Arlington, VA all day Tuesday, March 8th (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) and a half-day Wednesday, March 9th (8:30 am – 12:00 pm) at The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters offices (4245 North Fairfax Drive, across the street from the Ballston Metro station). Please note that the first session of the Board meeting, Tuesday, March 8th (8:30 am – 10:00 am), will be an executive session of all Board members and Board staff, and is...Read more
The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership is seeking research and/or restoration proposals to address black sea bass habitat issues in the Mid-Atlantic region (from Long Island Sound to Cape Hatteras), with an emphasis on the use of natural and/or artificial reefs and their ability to maintain and enhance fishery productivity. Projects can range from 12 – 24 months in length, and should include guaranteed monitoring for at least three years. The maximum award for an individual project...Read more
(Washington, DC) – The National Fish Habitat Board held nominations for the positions of Board Chair and Vice-Chair at their Fall Board meeting in Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, October 21. Tom Champeau, Director of Freshwater Fisheries for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission was named Board Chair and Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council was elected Vice-Chair, respectively. Mr. Champeau previously served as the Board Vice-Chair, since...Read more