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National Fish Habitat Partnership Update: 2016 Marks Ten Years of Fish Habitat Conservation!

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  1. 1. National Fish Habitat Partnership Update 2016 Marks Ten Years of Fish Habitat Conservation! Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership Springfield, MO November 8, 2016
  2. 2. In The Beginning… • 2001 - Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council supported an ad hoc group of fisheries professionals to develop the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (2006). • Create a conservation system similar to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan of the 1980’s.
  3. 3. NFHP Mission • Our mission is to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.
  4. 4. NFHP Goals • Protect and maintain healthy aquatic systems. • Prevent further degradation of fish habitat. • Enhance and restore fish habitat. • Increase quality and quantity of fish habitats to achieve diversity.
  5. 5. National Fish Habitat Board Responsibility • Develop national conservation goals • Establish criteria for Fish Habitat Partnerships • Measure and communicate progress • Increase public and private focus on aquatic habitat • Recommend the best use of funds • Advocate policy • Guide Board member and staff resources • Produce “Status of Fish Habitats in the United States” report every 5 years – Partnerships produce finer level assessments
  6. 6. NFHP Board of Directors • USFWS • NOAA • USGS • EPA • USDA-Forest Service • AFWA • Regional F&W Assoc. • Marine Councils • AFS • ASA • TRCP • TNC • SFBPC • Tribal • CCA • TU
  7. 7. NFHP Progress • National Fish Habitat Action Plan – 2006 • Federal MOU: Interior, Commerce, AFWA – USDA added 2012 – Federal Caucus Members: 19 • National Assessments: 2010, 2015 – Define scope of conservation needs • 19 Partnerships: 417 projects in 46 states – Pacific lamprey in June 2016
  8. 8. 2015 Fish Habitat Vulnerability
  9. 9. 10 Year Celebration • AFWA, Regional Association meetings • AFS Annual Meeting in Kansas City • ICAST, ASA Summit • Capitol Hill Briefing • Media/Outreach
  10. 10. National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act • Passed as an Amendment in the Sportsmen’s Package in Senate Energy Bill • Authorizes the program at $7.2 Million from 2016 – 2021 • Technical Assistance from FWS, NOAA, EPA, USGS at $500K per year from 2016-2021 • Change in Board from 22 to 25 Members, brings in Reps from Fisheries Commissions • Public access emphasis • Secretary of Interior approves projects recommended from Board
  11. 11. Beyond the Pond 501(c)3 • The 501(c)3 foundation for the National Fish Habitat Partnership (IRS Approved-June 2015) • Sole purpose is to raise additional funds for FHPs for on-the-ground conservation projects • Bylaws/Charter/participation from FHPs established • Board established for Beyond the Pond • Launching Branding and Marketing Platform
  12. 12. For More Information, Visit: WWW.FISHHABITAT.ORG

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