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$9 Million in Funding for Coastal Habitat Restoration Projects to Benefit Fish

NOAA awarded $9 million in funding for 17 coastal habitat restoration projects through the 2016 Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants competition. These projects will restore at least 1,400 acres of habitat, and up to 80 stream miles for fish passage.

Using a habitat-based approach, the selected projects aim to rebuild fish stocks, help recover threatened and endangered species, or benefit other coastal and marine species (such as forage fish).

Several of the selected projects also contribute to NOAA’s conservation efforts in two Habitat Focus Areas and to the recovery of three Species in the Spotlight.

Restoration efforts include:

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  • California

  • Florida

  • Hawaii

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • North Carolina

  • Oregon

  • Puerto Rico

  • Washington

Our investment in habitat is part of a long-term effort to rebuild fisheries, many of which have declined precipitously from habitat loss, over-fishing, and climate change. Recent successes show that restoring habitat is a way to not only stop the decline of fish populations, but also to regrow them to historically healthy numbers.