Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats

A curious Hawaiian green sea turtle in protected waters near Puako Island, Hawaii.“We are very pleased to support the collaborative stewardship efforts of these Marine Protected Areas, ” said Anthony Chatwin, Ph.D., director of marine and coastal conservation at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. “Both NFWF and NOAA are committed to conserving our nation’s coastal and marine resources, and supporting our nation’s MPAs is an extremely effective way to get the job done.”

The funds will support the following projects:

  • Strengthening Marine Protection in Puako Island, Hawaii – The Nature Conservancy will coordinate a community-based planning and implementation process to increase protection and enforcement capacity at an existing MPA within the West Hawaii Regional Fisheries Management Area. TNC will work with the community to develop a draft management and implementation plan to minimize priority threats to Puako’s coral reef, which will serve as a model for other community-based MPA plans.
  • Applying LiDAR Data to Support MPA Management – Rutgers University will pilot an innovative approach to examine impacts of projected sea level rise on salt marsh and barrier island habitat using high horizontal and vertical resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) imagery. The project will quantify the change in potential critical habitats based on likely sea level rise scenarios. A regional workshop will be conducted with other MPAs in the region to translate the results of the study, and discuss the utility of using LiDAR technology elsewhere.
  • Developing a Regional MPA Plan for the Southeast – The non-profit corporation Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc. will work with the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida to survey regional MPAs about issues, priorities and coordination strategies. They will also organize a workshop of MPA stakeholders including all federal and state MPAs in the region, to discuss and reach consensus on establishing an effective MPA network for the Southeast U.S. and produce a framework for MPA coordination.

The identification and management of significant fish and wildlife resources in southern coastal Maine
Book (Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

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2010-05-27 11:38:15 by Serapis

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