Tools for Evaluating Coastal Nearshore Habitats


The Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) have joined forces to help natural resource managers by identifying and disseminating science-based tools to better protect and restore submerged aquatic vegetation.

Partners will refine and standardize tools to assess nearshore habitat value. This will help ensure that protected and managed species, from salmon to groundfish to shellfish, have the healthy habitat they need to thrive, even in the face of climate change.

The partnership involves three main activities:

Reviewing the scientific literature on habitat evaluation

Surveying non-NOAA partners for evaluation frameworks or tools

Engaging partners through listening sessions and workshops

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