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 North Carolina Fish Habitat Fast Facts

  • North Carolina is home to over 2.5 million acres of estuarine waters, more than any other state on the East Coast
  • In addition to providing a home for fish, wetlands and oyster reefs provide “free” wastewater treatment and storm protection services, saving tax payers money.
  • Since most fish migrate throughout North Carolina's estuarine and marine waters throughout their lifecycle, a complex of habitats must be maintained to ensure survival and growth, from the headwaters to the sea.
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A Plan to Protect

The overarching goal of the N.C. Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPP) is long-term enhancement of coastal fisheries through habitat protection and enhancement efforts.

CHPP Process

Development and implementation of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan is a N.C. Department of Environmental Quality effort. Staff from the department’s divisions with jurisdiction over marine fisheries, water quality and coastal management participate in plan development and implementation. This CHPP Team, consists of staff from the Division of Marine Fisheries, Division of Coastal Management, Division of Water Resources, and Division of Energy, Minerals, and Land Resources. Other agencies, such as Albermarle-Pamlico National Estuarine PartnershipWildlife Resource Commission, Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, Division of Mitigation Services, and Soil and Water Conservation District have participated on the CHPP Team. To implement recommendations of the plan, the CHPP team develops specific implementation actions.

The CHPP Steering Committee, which consists of two commissioners from the Marine Fisheries, Coastal Management and Environmental Management commissions reviews and approves the plan, recommendations and implementation actions. They also meet regularly to discuss cross-cutting habitat and water quality issues and solutions and receive updates on CHPP progress. Members of the CHPP Steering Committee serve as liaisons to their full commissions to improve communication across commissions.

Contact CHPP

Anne Deaton
Division of Marine Fisheries
Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov

 

Jimmy Johnson
Albermarle-Pamlico
National Estuarine Partnership
Jimmy.Johnson@ncdenr.gov
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