Habitat Conservation

To provide grants and cooperative agreements for biological, economic, sociological, public policy, and other research, administration, and public education projects on the coastal environment to benefit U.S.

fisheries, conserve protected resources, and add to the economic and social well being

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of the Nation.

Projects are funded to carry out public policy pertaining to protection and restoration of the Nation's wetlands and other coastal habitats, pursuant to the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Estuary Restoration Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987, Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Research Act (CWPPRA), Coral Reef Conservation Act and other legislation.

Research and management includes determining the effects of habitat modifications and contaminants on populations of living marine resources, restoring depleted stocks that have been adversely impacted by habitat modifications, determining if artificial or restored habitat fulfills essential habitat needs of living marine resources, and quantifying contaminants and debris that pose a hazard to populations of these animals.
Examples of Funded Projects

NOAA Fisheries Headquarters: Wetland restoration projects in CWPPRA program are utilized for protecting and restoring eroding coastal marshes.

The Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) provides funding to implement a wide variety of on-the-ground habitat restoration projects to benefit marine, estaurine and reparian habitats, including but not limited to salt marshes, seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangrove forests, and freshwater habitat important to diadromous fisheries, predominantly in coastal areas around the United States.

The Office of Habitat Conservation also provides funding for coral reef conservation activities.

Coral Reef: Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area Community Management and Assessment Enhancement Project.

Enhancing Management Effectiveness of MPAs: Regional Capacity Building in Indonesia and the Philippines, Assessment and Management of Black Grouper Spawning Aggregations in Belize essential fish habitat mapping and assessment, coral reef trade, sustainable use and management of the live reef fishes, watershed management, socioeconomic monitoring, and community-based management and conservation.

Others: Bonneau Ferry, SC and other West Cooper River Corridor land protection, Great Bay NERR Construction and Development, Port Aransas Nature Preserve, Wetlands Protection land acquisition, and Village Point Park Preserve land acquisition.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Appendix IV.