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  • Vets Restore Endangered Salmon Habitat - May 22: Our new video highlights military veterans working to restore endangered salmon habitat in California, a NOAA-funded pilot project in partnership with the California Conservation Corps and California's Department of Fish and Game.
  • New Report—"More Habitat Means More Fish" - May 7: NOAA announces the release of an illustrated report outlining the crucial role that habitat plays in keeping U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries strong.
  • More Habitat Means More Fish - Apr 29: U.S. fisheries play an enormous role in the U.S. economy, and healthy freshwater, coastal, and marine habitats are essential to those fisheries.
  • Increasing Effective Habitat Conservation - Apr 22: NOAA and our partners have conserved nearly one billion acres of habitat essential to our valuable commercial and recreational fisheries. Read more from Buck Sutter, Director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation.
  • Beavers: Nature's 1st River Restoration Engineers - Apr 18: The same things beavers do naturally—cut down trees, dam up water, flood riverbanks—are exactly what we are trying to do to improve habitat for Pacific salmon.
  • New Video—From Gravel Pits to Salmon Habitat - Apr 15: California is looking at an innovative restoration method: reclaiming abandoned gravel pits as habitat for salmon.
  • Balancing the Needs of Farmers and Fish - Apr 15: The Russian River and its tributaries flowing through California’s wine country are in high demand. When farmers draw water for their vineyards, streams can dry up, stranding fish. See how NOAA is helping balance the needs of farmers and fish.
  • How Forecasting Frost Can Help Save Fish - Apr 15: Sonoma County wine growers have long battled crop-killing frost, and some ways to protect their vines use so much water from the nearby Russian River that they can hurt fish. Learn how NOAA’s National Weather Service found a way to help.
  • Improving Fish Passage on the Hudson River - Mar 20: Fisheries have long been an important resource on the Hudson River. Learn how NOAA Fisheries and partners are working to improve fish passage on the Hudson River.
  • Building a Better Fish Trap - Mar 19: A modern Minto Fish trap on the North Santiam River will protect listed steelhead and spring Chinook salmon as well as provide a safer environment for the biologists.
  • What Do Fish and Federal Highways Have in Common? - Mar 13: Find out how NOAA is working with the Federal Highway Administration to protect aquatic life. Photo courtesy of John McMillan.
  • Washington Marsh Restoration Improves Fish Passage - Feb 25: The Fisher Slough marsh restoration project in Washington State improved fish passage to 15 miles of stream and restored 60 acres of freshwater marsh habitat, providing salmon with critical rearing habitat.
  • NOAA and EPA Release Coastal Wetlands Reviews - Feb 5: NOAA and the Environmental Protection Agency release four regional Coastal Wetland Reviews. These include recent trends that can help state and local wetlands managers determine what is needed to address the ongoing loss of wetlands.
  • NOAA Focuses on Russian River Habitat - Jan 31: As part of NOAA’s agency-wide Habitat Blueprint effort, the Russian River Valley watershed will be the first Habitat Focus Area. These are areas where we can pool resources and expertise to maximize conservation.
  • Prestigious Award for River Basin Management - Jan 28: NOAA salmon recovery partner in the Willamette Valley receives the Thiess International River prize for outstanding, visionary, and sustainable programs in river basin management.
  • Reintroducing Steelhead in Deschutes River Basin - Jan 16: Steelhead will once again be able to call Oregon's Deschutes River Basin home. NOAA will be proceeding with steelhead reintroduction efforts by designating a population as "experimental" under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Draft Climate Assessment Report for Public Review - Jan 14: For more on potential climate change impacts on U.S. oceans and ocean resources, including fisheries, marine protected species, and habitats, read the U.S. National Climate Assessment report, now available for public comment.
  • New Opportunities to Improve Fish Passage - Jan 2: Find out how NOAA Fisheries will work with partners and stakeholders to improve upstream and downstream passage conditions for endangered and migratory fish on the Connecticut River.
  • Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan Drafted - Dec 7: Recognizing the importance of migratory fish in the Cape Fear River basin, NOAA and stakeholders drafted the Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish. This draft is open for public comment until December 19, 2012.
  • Investing in Marine Habitat Restoration - Dec 7: Healthy habitat is critical to recover and sustain fish populations. NOAA's Restoration Center is currently soliciting applications for restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish production.
  • Herring Recovery at Plymouth Rock - Nov 20: A herring recovery story for Thanksgiving: roughly 150,000 herring will be swimming up Town Brook in Massachusetts to get to Billington Sea this spring.
  • Coral "Hotspots" Discovered Off Northeast Coast - Oct 1: NOAA researchers explored deepwater canyons off the northeastern U.S. in search of deep-sea corals and sponges and found coral “hotspots” that likely serve as important habitat for a variety of fish species and other marine life.
  • Estuaries—Habitat of the Month - Sept 27: What's the place where fresh water meets salt water? Estuaries contain habitat needed by fish, wildlife, and people. To celebrate National Estuary Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, find out more about our work restoring estuaries.
  • Military Veterans Help Restore Fish Habitat - Sept 5: NOAA Fisheries and California Conservation Corps train veterans in habitat restoration in California. The project will increase spawning and rearing habitat for endangered coho salmon populations and help boost Chinook and steelhead trout.
  • Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine - Sept 4: Habitat restoration is an economic engine. Watch this video and find out how restoration projects boost our economy with jobs that can't be outsourced and create a positive impact for future generations.
  • Restoration Turns Landfill into Productive Wetland - Aug 29: The Lincoln Park restoration project in Jersey City, New Jersey turned a once-barren landfill into a functioning wetland, teeming with fish, birds, and other wildlife.
  • Restoring Fish Habitat in Oregon Creates Jobs - Aug 23: Watershed and fish habitat restoration in Oregon boosts local economies, with jobs that can’t be outsourced. Restoration projects create demand for local businesses and provide long term benefits to the environment and the economy.
  • Sutter Named New Director of Habitat Conservation - Aug 15: Buck Sutter was recently named the Director for the Office of Habitat Conservation at NOAA Fisheries.
  • A New Way to Classify Marine Habitat - July 30: NOAA announces a new standard language for characterizing habitats that has the potential to revolutionize how scientists study and manage our coasts, oceans, and Great Lakes.
  • Casitas Endanger Lobster Habitat in Florida Keys - July 30: Casitas are artificial habitats that aid lobster poaching and destroy the seagrass beds and hardbottom communities that lobsters, fish, and other marine life need to survive. NOAA law enforcement works to remove these illegal structures.
  • Five Fish Desperate for Healthy Habitat - July 24: Healthy habitat is the foundation for abundant fisheries and marine life. What five fish are desperate for healthy habitat? Find out which ones are on the list.
  • Rivers—Habitat of the Month - July 23: Our country has more than 250,000 rivers spanning 3.5 million miles. Fish populations need habitat in good condition. Migrating fish like salmon, shad, alewives, and sturgeon need access to healthy freshwater habitat for spawning and rearing.
  • The Science Behind Restoring the Elwha - July 20: What is NOAA Fisheries role in restoring the Elwha River? What type of science goes into restoring a river? Watch this video to see first-hand the science involved.
  • Three Ways You Are Connected to Deep-Sea Coral - July 16: In what ways are you connected to deep-sea corals? Why should you care about protecting them?
  • Four Weird Ways to Restore Habitat - July 10: Discover several interesting and some weird ways that NOAA Fisheries is working to restore habitat for our nation's coastal ecosystems. 
  • Conserving the Cape Fear River - April 16: NOAA and partners develop a large-scale action plan to improve declining migratory fish populations and river habitat in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River.
  • Public Invited to Review Climate Change Strategy - Jan. 19: Together with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration today released a draft national strategy to help prepare for and help reduce the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and the people that depend on them.
  • Final Recovery Plan Issued for Steelhead Trout - Jan. 12: NOAA Fisheries Service issued a final Recovery Plan designed to stabilize and eventually restore steelhead trout numbers in coastal streams from the Santa Maria River in Santa Barbara County south to the United States and Mexico border.
  • NOAA Completes Massive Map of Alaska Shoreline - Jan. 11: People around the world can now get an eagle’s-eye view of all of Southeast Alaska’s shoreline without leaving home, now that the award-winning ShoreZone project has been completed for the entire coastline from Dixon Entrance to Yakutat.
  • Scientists: 2007 Oil Spill Lethal to Fish Embryos - Jan. 5: NOAA scientists and partners recently reported that Pacific herring embryos in shallow waters died in unexpectedly high numbers following the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay.