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Health Check on the Nation's Fish Habitat

NOAA Fisheries and the National Fish Habitat Board announce the release of Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010.

This report is the result of a nationwide assessment of human effects on fish habitat in the rivers and estuaries of the United States, developed by the public/private partnership of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. 

(Caption: Salmon swimming in the Elwha River.)

We examine not only the threats to rivers, estuaries, and other aquatic habitats, but also the major sources of these threats, including pollution; urban development; agriculture; barriers to migration; and climate change. Some of the successful, ongoing efforts to address these threats to habitat are also featured within its pages.

(Caption: Through a Fish’s Eye: Status of Fish Habitats in the United States, provides a nationwide assessment of human effects on fish habitat.)

This report provides an important picture of the challenges and opportunities facing fish and those engaged in fish habitat protection and restoration efforts. It also illustrates the need for strategic use of limited resources though partnerships—such as the Fish Habitat Partnerships established under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan—to identify the most effective use of funds and help the nation as a whole make progress in fish habitat conservation.

 

Read Through a Fish’s Eye