Report: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010

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NOAA Fisheries and the National Fish Habitat Board have announced the release of a report entitled: “Through a Fish’s Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010.”

The report follows 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.

The report summarizes threats to rivers, estuaries, and other aquatic habitats, as well as identifying 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.

This report also provides information concerning 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.

Through a Fish’s Eye can be accessed at: