HabitatNews May 2018

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NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation                                                                   May Issue #32

Save-the-Dates: May 21 - 23 for NOAA Habitat’s Fish Passage Program Review

Fish passage

NOAA Fisheries is conducting a Fish Passage Program Review focusing on our Hydropower and Community-based Restoration Programs. We are excited about the opportunity to talk about our programs and look forward to recommendations provided by an external panel. The review will be open to the public and accessible by webinar for remote participation. When: May 21 - 23, 2018. Where: Silver Spring, Maryland. Learn More >

Reopening Rivers for Migratory Fish

Fish ladder

Every year, millions of fish migrate to their native habitats to reproduce. They are often blocked from completing their journey by human-made barriers, such as dams and culverts. When fish can’t reach their habitat, they can’t reproduce and maintain or grow their populations.  Learn More >

NOAA Works with Partners to Develop State-of-the-Art Fish Passage

fish partner

Oregon’s Clackamas River hydroelectric project benefits fish and communities. The Clackamas River provides important freshwater habitat for Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead, and Pacific lamprey. The river also provides power for almost 78,000 homes via the three dams. A recent collaboration provided both state-of-the-art fish passage and power generation affording many benefits to this river system and the surrounding communities. Learn More >

West Coast Veterans Give Fish Upstream Habitat Connections


Veterans Corps programs in Washington and California are providing former service members with new opportunities to gain skills and valuable job experiences while helping improve endangered and threatened fish populations. Veterans in the programs improve fish populations by removing barriers, restoring instream habitat, and monitoring efforts. Learn More >

Habitat Focus Area: Poor Water Quality Could Impact Biscayne Bay Economy


Will declining water quality impact local businesses in Miami's Biscayne Bay? A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Miami within NOAA’s Biscayne Bay Habitat Focus Area suggests that degraded water quality conditions change how people use the bay, with significant implications for the local economy. Learn More >

Gulf Spill Restoration: Two Years after Settlement


Restoring barrier islands, recovering diamondback terrapins, and building new reef and oyster habitat are just a few of the highlights from the Deepwater Horizon restoration program’s work in 2017. NOAA and the other natural resource trustees gave the public a comprehensive update on last year’s efforts, including opportunities to access data from all their activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Learn More >

Wisconsin’s Sheboygan River Settlements Provide Community Benefits


NOAA recently announced multiple natural resource damage settlements with companies responsible for releasing hazardous chemicals into the Sheboygan River in Wisconsin. The $4.5 million recovered will go toward protecting and restoring 324 acres of habitat supporting trout, salmon, and other plants and animals as well as toward improving public access to recreation. Learn More >

How Do Scientists Know Where the Fish Go?


Fish can’t send postcards, but they can share “pings!” NOAA and researchers are collaborating to use acoustic telemetry to learn more about fish movements and migrations. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office maintains fish tag “receivers” on board its Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System platforms, and is helping to stand up an online database for scientists. Learn More >

Okeanos Explorer Assesses Deep-Sea Coral Habitats in the Gulf of Mexico


In April, NOAA’s ship Okeanos Explorer traveled around priority areas of the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about diverse deep-sea coral, fish, and other habitats. A remotely operated vehicle was deployed to dive and take video, while other equipment mapped the seafloor habitat. The data and science from this mission will directly benefit NOAA's work, and the videos highlight some of the most interesting creatures under the ocean. Learn More >

NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring MD 20910