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 2016 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and Source Document

 Final 2016 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

Final 2016 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Source Document

If you would like to receive any of these files on a CD, please contact Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov | 910-796-7311

The Plan

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries, Environmental Management, and Coastal Resources Commissions unanimously adopted the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan in December 2004. The plan was first published in 2005. 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. The Coastal Habitat Protection Plan is revised every five years to reflect changes in the status of habitat protection in North Carolina.

Download the entire 2010  Coastal Habitat Protection Plan
Download the 2010 CHPP by individual chapters:
Exec. Summary & Table of Cont. Introduction The Water Column
Shell Bottom Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Wetlands
Soft Bottom Hard Bottom Ecosystem Management
Management Recommendations Literature Cited Appendices

Implementation Plans

The three Commissions and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have developed implementation plans to carry out the recommendations of the CHPP. These implementation plans detail more than 100 specific steps the agencies involved would take to implement the CHPP recommendations during the identified fiscal years.

2005-2007 CHPP Implementation Plan 2007-2009 CHPP Implementation Plan
2009-2011 CHPP Implementation Plan 2011-2013 CHPP Implementation Plan

Annual Reports

The accomplishments of the CHPP have been reported annually since 1998 through a CHPP Annual Report. The purpose of this report is to highlight the major accomplishments associated with the CHPP over the past year.  

1998-99 Annual Report 1999-00 Annual Report 2000-01 Annual Report
2001-02 Annual Report 2002-03 Annual Report 2003-04 Annual Report
2004-05 Annual Report 2005-06 Annual Report 2006-07 Annual Report
2007-08 Annual Report 2008-09 Annual Report 2009-10 Annual Report
2010-11 Annual Report 2011-12 Annual Report 2012-13 Annual Report

CHPP Documents to Download

CHPP Plan Draft (2015) CHPP Source Draft (2015) SAV Mapping and Monitoring Inventory (2008)
MFC-Approved Guidelines for Strategic Habitat Areas Strategic Habitat Area Report for Region 1 Strategic Habitat Area Nominations for Pamlico Sound System, North Carolina for Region 2
DENR Technical Guidance Document for Protection of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Habitat    

Research Needs

CHPP Report on 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. 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.

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For additional information, please call the CHPP office at Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632.

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