NCCOS collaborates with NMFS to develop coastal component of National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) 2010 Assessment
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has launched a cooperative project with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology to complete the coastal component of an assessment for the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP). NCCOS will use existing sources of data to develop and deliver a GIS spatial framework and database of fish habitat indicators for coastal watersheds and estuaries nationwide. Summaries and analyses of the compiled data will contribute to a national assessment of fish habitat to be completed in 2010, and will be used by the NFHAP Board for setting conservation priorities. NFHAP was launched in 2006 with the overall mission to protect, restore, and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation, with participation from federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and local citizens.