Fishery Ecosystem Plan II – South Atlantic Habitats

Fishery Ecosystem Plan II - South Atlantic Habitats

(Details for updated state habitat information can be found at the following links)

State Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

Plan -

The CHPP is a guidance document providing the latest science on North Carolina’s coastal fish habitats, their ecological functions, values, and threats, as well as goals and recommendations to protect, enhance, and restore fish habitat. In this plan, there is information on past implementation progress, updated recommendations, and priority issues to focus actions. Background on the six fish habitats, their status, and pertinent threats are included. Full details are in the 2015 CHPP Source Document.

Plan Source Document:

State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAP)

North Carolina SWAP Link -


North Carolina's Wildlife Action Plan is a comprehensive planning tool developed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in cooperation with numerous partners, including federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and stakeholders to help conserve and enhance the state’s full array of fish and wildlife species and their habitats. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received approval from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for the comprehensive revision of the N.C. Wildlife Action Plan on March 30, 2016.

South Carolina SWAP Link -


The SC SWAP presents condition and location of habitats and challenges to the management, lists the species of concern and their habitat associations, identifies Statewide conservation strategies and conservation actions to address species and habitat challenges. A Supplemental Volume presents reports for the species of greatest conservation need describing their distribution, abundance and habitat requirements, the challenges that the species faces, and specific conservation actions for addressing those challenges and ways to work with public and private entities toward conservation as well as strategies for monitoring species, habitats, and effectiveness of conservation actions.  Supplemental Volume (Priority Species):

Georgia SWAP Link -


The GA SWAP was developed to conserve Georgia’s animals, plants, and natural habitats through proactive measures emphasizing voluntary and incentive-based programs on private lands, habitat restoration and management by public agencies and private conservation organizations, rare species survey and recovery efforts, and environmental education and public outreach activities. Ranges of distribution, habitat associations, conservation needs, and research priorities for high priority animals and plants are described and high priority habitats are defined for each ecoregion and management needs for these habitats are discussed.  Conservation goals, strategies and partnerships are identified for each of the five ecological regions of the state.

GA SWAP Appendices-

High Priority Habitats

Florida SWAP Link -


The Florida SWAP encompasses the broad array of Florida’s native wildlife including vertebrate and invertebrate species in aquatic (freshwater, estuarine, and marine) and terrestrial habitats. The plan takes a habitat-based approach for initiating a comprehensive approach to conservation of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and identifies 1036 Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

Note:  Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan is currently under revision and is scheduled to be complete December 2017.

Links to FL Marine Habitat Descriptions, Associated Species and Threats:

Annelid Reef, Artificial Structure, Bivalve Reef, Coral Reef, Hard Bottom, Inlet, Mangrove Swamp, Salt Marsh, Seagrass, Tidal Flat

State Coastal Habitat Programs

Florida’s Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program (SIMM) is a statewide, collaborative program which facilitates the collection and publication of monitoring and mapping data for Florida seagrasses in order to assess the status and trends of this vital habitat and ecosystem.

SIMM Program

SIMM 2016 Report

Florida’s Coastal Habitats Independent Mapping and Monitoring Program (CHIMMP) completes data gap analysis for mangrove and salt marsh habitats and begin to compile all existing mapping and monitoring data sets for mangrove and salt marsh habitats within the state.


Florida East Coast Chapters:

Summary and Conclusions:

Florida Oyster Program—coming soon

(Details for updated regional habitat information can be found at the following links)

Regional Habitat Information

ASMFC Atlantic Sciaenid Habitats -

ASMFC Diadromous Habitat -

ASMFC Shellfish Habitat -

SARP Habitat Plan-