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Just Released: “More Habitat Means More Fish”


NOAA announces the release of an illustrated report outlining the crucial role that habitat plays in keeping U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries strong. Drawing on peer-reviewed articles and original data, the report shows why habitat conservation is a good investment, producing significant gains in the size and health of fish populations.

Highlights of the report include:

  • A 1140% increase in migrating herring after fishways were installed on the Acushnet River
  • Fish growing six times larger as a result of habitat improvements in California
  • Huge increases in blue crab, red drum, spotted sea trout, and flounder populations following oyster reef restoration in Alabama

NOAA partnered with Restore America’s Estuaries and the American Sportfishing Association to produce More Habitat Means More Fish (pdf, 990kb).

Posted May 6, 2013



More Habitat Means More Fish