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Report & Web Tools Developed for Assessing Information on Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat

Summary reports and web tools on fish habitat condition indicators, threats, stressors, and conservation recommendations are supporting conservation planning by the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP).

NCCOS has completed a collaborative project and published the results in a Technical Memorandum entitled Assessment of Existing Information on Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitats: Development of a web-based spatial bibliography, query tools, and data summaries. The report describes the development of a spatial bibliography on coastal fish habitats, by linking standard bibliographic and policy-relevant assessment information within a GIS-based spatial framework, all accessible through web-based query tools. The report also provides summaries of key habitat condition indicators, and qualitative analyses of information on threats to habitat and conservation recommendations. Finally, it identifies a set of specific recommendations for improving the spatial bibliography, and applying it to other purposes in coastal conservation planning. A PDF version of the report, along with additional information, is available at http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/estuaries/coastalfish.aspx; the web-based query tools are accessible at http://www8.nos.noaa.gov/bhv/spatbibindex.html .

Nelson, D.M., B. Herlach, T. McGrath, K. Buja, A. Zitello, and A. Oldewurtel-Ilioff. 2010. Assessment of Existing Information on Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitats: Development of a web-based spatial bibliography, query tools, and data summaries. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 103. 58 pp.

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