Fishery Ecosystem Plan II – Essential Fish Habitat and Habitat Conservation Essential Fish Habitat

SAFMC EFH and EFH- Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC) Designations

EFH Users Guide PDF

SAFMC Habitat Fishery Management Plans (FMP)

SAFMC EFH Policy Statements

Considerations to Reduce or Eliminate the Impacts of Non-Fishing Activities on EFH

In addition to implementing regulations to protect habitat from degradation due to fishing activities, the Council in cooperation with NOAA Fisheries, actively comments on non-fishing projects or policies that may impact fish habitat. The Council established a four-state Habitat Protection and Ecosystem Based Management Advisory Panel and adopted a comment and policy development process. Members of the Advisory Panel serve as the Council's habitat contacts and professionals in the field and have guided the Council’s development of the following Policy Statements.

Spatial Representations of EFH

Essential Habitat Viewer - http://ocean.floridamarine.org/sa_efh/

South Atlantic Species Information System - EcoSpecies Database - http://saecospecies.azurewebsites.net

Threats to EFH 

http://safmc.net/ecosystem-library/volume-iv-threats-to-the-south-atlantic-ecosystem-recommendations/
Threats from Non-Fishing Activities
Threats from Fishing and Cumulative Impacts

Threats Addressed by Council Policies Matrix - Under Development

Fishery Ecosystem Plan I - Fishery Ecosystem Plan

Managed Species Use of Habitat by Life Stage - click here for the document

Research conducted, and table prepared by Florida FWRI for integration into SAFMC Ecospecies Online Species Information System http://saecospecies.azurewebsites.net/ (maintained by FWRI)

Habitat Environment for Managed Species

In Latest Approved SAFMC FMP Amendment: Chapter 3 Affected Environment

Snapper Grouper Fishery –Comprehensive Allowable Catch Limit Amendment for the South Atlantic Region
Regulatory Amendment 25 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 25

Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery -
King Mackerel Amendment 26 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region
Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 26

Spanish Mackerel Framework Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and
South Atlantic Region
Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 1  

Cobia Framework Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region
Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 4  

Dolphin Wahoo Fishery - Regulatory Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management
Plan for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic
Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 1  

South Atlantic Shrimp Fishery -
Penaeid Shrimp Fishery - Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for the
Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
Shrimp Amendment 9  

Deepwater Shrimp Fishery - Amendment 8 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coral
Coral Amendment 8  

Golden Crab Fishery – Amendment 8 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coral
CEBA1  

Spiny Lobster Fishery - Final Amendment 11 to the Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Regions
Spiny Lobster Amendment 11