(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.