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Land and Water Stewardship - Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

Land and Water Stewardship

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North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan logoCoastal Habitat Protection Plan

Implementation Plans and Annual Reports

Recognizing the need to both protect habitat and prevent overfishing, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Fisheries Reform Act in 1997. The law contains the directive to protect and enhance habitats supporting coastal fisheries. The law requires cooperation among three rule-making commissions: Environmental Management Commission (EMC), Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) and Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC). In 2008, the Wildlife Resources Commission was added to the CHPP Steering Committee as a full member. The original three Commissions unanimously adopted the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan in December 2004. In 2010, all four Commissions approved the revised CHPP.

To read the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and learn more about coastal habitats, click here to go the Division of Marine Fisheries website.

North Carolina's Coastal Habitat Protection Plan was developed to:

  • Document the ecological role and function of aquatic habitats for coastal fisheries.
  • Provide status and trends information on the quality and quantity of coastal fish habitat.
  • Describe and document threats to coastal fish habitat, including threats from human activities and natural events.
  • Describe the current rules concerning each habitat.
  • Identify management needs.
  • Develop options for management action using the above information.

CHPP Implementation Plans for the Joint Commissions

The implementation of North Carolina's Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPP) continues to be a significant part of the decision-making process of DENR divisions and regulatory commissions. Members of the Marine Fisheries Commission, the Environmental Management Commission and the Coastal Resources Commission endorsed their respective divisions' plans for the next two years of CHPP implementation actions.

CHPP Annual Reports to the N.C. General Assembly

Annual Reports on CHPP Implementation are made by the four commissions and their Department of Environment and Natural Resources agencies to the North Carolina General Assembly. These reports include Action Items and Needs.

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