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Marine Fisheries - Recommendations

Marine Fisheries

CHPP Recommendations

(See also Joint Implementation Plan)

Goal 1.  Improve Effectiveness of Existing Rules and Programs Protecting Coastal Fish Habitats

  • Enhance enforcement of, and compliance with, Coastal Resources Commission (CRC), Environmental Management Commission (EMC), and Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) rules and permit conditions.
  • Coordinate and enhance water quality, physical habitat, and fisheries resource monitoring (including data management) from headwaters to the nearshore ocean.
  • Enhance and expand educational outreach on the value of fish habitat, threats from human activities, effects of non-native species, and reasons for management measures.
  • Coordinate rulemaking and enforcement among regulatory commissions and agencies.


Goal 2.  Identify, Designate, and Protect Strategic Habitat Areas
 

  • Evaluate potential Strategic Habitat Areas by:
    • Coordinating, completing, and maintaining baseline habitat mapping (including seagrass, shell bottom, and other bottom types) using the most appropriate technology.
    • Selective monitoring of the status of those habitats.
    • Assessing effects of land use and human activities on those habitats.
  • Identify and designate Strategic Habitat Areas using ecologically based criteria.
  • Analyze existing rules and enact measures needed to protect Strategic Habitat Areas.
  • Improve programs for conservation (including voluntary actions) and acquisition of areas supporting Strategic Habitat Areas.

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