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Contact: Gordon Helm
NOAA to Provide up to $1 Million for Local Coastal Restoration Efforts
The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Trout Unlimited are combining forces to restore habitat vital to the conservation of America's coastal fisheries. Under the new partnership, NOAA is slated to provide up to $1 million over a three-year period in support of Trout Unlimited habitat restoration projects.
The NOAA/Trout Unlimited partnership, managed through NOAA's Community-Based Restoration Program, has provided $210,000 in first year funding to support Trout Unlimited fish habitat projects selected in Embrace-A-Stream and other Trout Unlimited coastal fishery programs.
The NOAA-funded projects provide strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that offer educational and social benefits for people and their communities in addition to long-term ecological benefits for fishery resources.
"As an avid fly fisherman myself, I know how important habitat is to the future of salmon and other game fish," said Scott Gudes, NOAA acting administrator. "Partnerships with organizations like Trout Unlimited bring benefits directly to local communities and are a great way to restore and protect habitat where it is most appreciated and needed."
"Given the common goals of Embrace-A-Stream and the Community-Based Restoration Program, it was only a matter of time before Trout Unlimited and NOAA joined forces to restore and conserve the places and fisheries that all anglers love," said Trout Unlimited Resource Director Joe McGurrin. "The Embrace-A-Stream program will be the primary vehicle for supporting small grant projects. We will also work jointly with NOAA to identify a limited number of larger scale watershed efforts that will be eligible to receive larger awards."
The localities of the initial round of projects selected for 2001 funding include Snohomish, Wash.; Devil's Gulch, Calif.; Powell Creek, Ore.; and Norwalk River, Conn. Many of the projects chosen involve Pacific and Atlantic salmon. All of the projects emphasize the basic connection between habitat and the overall ecology of our coastal rivers and estuaries. Work to protect instream flows, improve fish habitat quality and create fish passage is of benefitting many fish including trout, salmon, shad, river herring and striped bass as well as estuarine resources such as submerged aquatic vegetation and shellfish.
Devil's Gulch Marin County, Calif.
Powell Creek Fish Passage Josephine
Norwalk River Wilton/Fairfield County,
The Community-Based Restoration Program, a financial and technical federal assistance program within the NOAA fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation, promotes strong partnerships at the national, regional and local level to fund grassroots, community-based activities. Projects restore living marine resources and their habitats and promote stewardship and a conservation ethic.
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation's living marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine species and their habitat.
To learn more about NOAA fisheries, please visit http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.
For more information on NOAA's Community-Based
Restoration Program, please visit: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration/.