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Marine Fisheries - Local Input Sought on Proposed Strategic Habitat Areas in Pamlico Sound

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021
Date: Sept. 28,  2011

Local Input Sought on Proposed Strategic Habitat Areas in Pamlico Sound

MOREHEAD CITY - The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public workshop to seek local input on proposed strategic habitat area nominations in the Pamlico Sound system. The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the N.C. Department of Natural Resources Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

Strategic habitat areas are specific locations of individual fish habitats or systems of habitats that provide exceptional habitat functions or are particularly at risk due to imminent threats, vulnerability, or rarity. The N.C. Coastal Habitat Protection Plan recommends identifying strategic habitat areas to prioritize aquatic areas for protection, enhancement and restoration.

The division is seeking local expertise on the condition of proposed strategic habitat areas, as well as other areas within the region. Division staff will give a presentation on proposed strategic habitat areas and ask for public input.

Once strategic habitat areas are selected, resource managers from various agencies will develop a management plan of non regulatory conservation measures to address the specific concerns of each strategic habitat area.

For more information, contact Anne Deaton, division Habitat Protection section chief, at 1-800-248-4536, 910-796-7315 or Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov.  A meeting agenda is attached.
 

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632

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