Habitat Protection Policies

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

Sargassum_Ross4.jpgIn 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 adopted a habitat policy and procedure document that established a four-state Habitat Advisory Panel and adopted a comment and policy development process. Members of the Habitat Advisory Panel serve as the Council's habitat contacts and professionals in the field. With guidance from the Advisory Panel, the Council has developed and approved habitat policies on: energy exploration, development, transportation and hydropower re-licensing; Beach Dredging and Filling, beach re-nourishment and large scale coastal engineering; protection and enhancement of submerged aquatic vegetation; and alterations to riverine, estuarine and nearshore flows.

EFH Policy Statement on South Atlantic Climate Variability and Fisheries (December 2016)

EFH Policy Statement on South Atlantic Food Webs and Connectivity (December 2016)

Protection and Restoration of EFH from Marine Aquaculture (June 2014)

Protection and Enhancement of Marine Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (June 2014)

Protection and Restoration of EFH from Beach Dredging and Filling, Beach Re-nourishment and Large Scale Coastal Engineering (March 2015)

Protection and Restoration of EFH from Energy Exploration, Development, Transportation and Hydropower Re-Licensing (December 2015)

Protection and Restoration of EFH from Alterations to Riverine, Estuarine and Nearshore Flows (June 2014)

Policies for the Protection of South Atlantic Marine & Estuarine Ecosystems from Non-Native and Invasive Species (June 2014)