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Marine Fisheries - CHPP Documents and Downloads

Marine Fisheries

Documents and Downloads

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries, Environmental Management, and Coastal Resources Commissions unanimously adopted the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan in December 2004.

The CHPP identifies six types of habitats that produce North Carolina’s coastal fisheries resources (shell bottom, sea grasses, wetlands, hard bottoms, soft bottoms, and the water column). The document provides information on the habitats’ distribution and abundance, ecological functions and importance to fish production, status and trends, threats to the habitats, and recommendations to deal with the threats.

Implementation Plans

The three Commissions and their Department of Environment and Natural Resources agencies have developed implementation plans to address the recommendations. Initial implementation steps are underway.

2010 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

Download the entire 2010  Coastal Habitat Protection Plan
Download the 2010 CHPP by individual chapters:
Ecosystem Management Hard Bottom Introduction
Literature Cited Pre-Chapters Post-Chapters
Recommendations Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Shell Bottom
Soft Bottom The Water Column Wetlands

2005-2007 Implementation Plan

The combined Implementation Plan for 2005-2007 is available as a PDF download here. For additional information, please call the CHPP office at DMF in Morehead City at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632.

Download the entire 2005-2007 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan
Download the 2005-2007 CHPP by individual chapters:
Appendices A-I Introduction  Submerged Aquatic Vegetation 
Appendix J Literature Cited  Soft Bottom
Appendices K-O Map of Fish Habitats in N.C. Title Page 
Executive Summary and
Table of Contents
Recommendations The Water Column 
Hard Bottom  Shell Bottom  Wetlands 
Index Strategic Habitat Areas  

If you would like to receive these files on a CD, please call: 800-682-2632 or 252-726-7021 (ask for CHPP office) or contact via email: CHPP@ncdenr.gov

CHPP documents to download

SAV Mapping and Monitoring Inventory (2008) Strategic Habitat Area Report for Region 1 Strategic Habitat Area Nominations for Pamlico Sound System, North Carolina for Region 2
MFC-Approved Guidelines for Strategic Habitat Areas 2012 CHPP Annual Report DENR Technical Guidance Document for Protection of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Habitat

Research Needs

The CHPP identifies a wide variety of information gaps in our scientific understanding of coastal ecosystems and how we can best address those issues. Some examples include specific influences of habitat extent and fish abundance, and cumulative impacts of man-made structures on various habitats. More than 90 specific research needs were noted in the CHPP, and they have been compiled into a report that interested researchers may wish to consult as an aid in preparation and submittal of research proposals to various funding agencies. No state funds are available specifically to address these needs. Please click here to download this report. Members of the CHPP Development Team are available to discuss research ideas with interested parties.  Members of the CHPP Team are identified in the CHPP.

Tri-Commission Slide Show
PDF of slide show presented during joint meeting of the Environmental Management, Coastal Resources, and Marine Fisheries commissions on September 9, 2004.
Summer 2004 Public Meeting Summary
Summer 2003 Public Meeting Summary 

Fish-N-CHPPs - Informational Video

MPG Video (84MB – be patient)
Requires QuickTime, RealPlayer, iTunes or Windows Media Player
Resolution: 352x240

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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