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Restoring Diadromous Fish Passage and Habitat to Shoreys Brook, Maine

Restoring Diadromous Fish Passage and Habitat to Shoreys Brook, Maine

This project, located in South Berwick, ME will restore approximately 800 feet of habitat for diadromous fish species and enhance approximately 4.3 miles of habitat in Shoreys Brook. A partially-breached dam will be removed, a failing perched culvert will be replaced with an open-arch culvert, and the streambed will be restored to its approximate original condition.

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Eelgrass Restoration with Conservation Moorings in  Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Eelgrass Restoration with Conservation Moorings in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Eelgrass meadows support complex trophic food webs and provide habitat for the forage, shelter and juvenile development of fisheries species. However, this habitat is declining in part due to damage from boating infrastructure. Traditional mooring chains drag on the seafloor, causing direct scour of eelgrass plants and degradation to the quality and function of eelgrass beds through increased turbidity. The project will restore eelgrass (Zostera marina), by replacing traditional moorings with elastic conservation moorings that minimize impacts to the seafloor by preventing chain drag. Please note, the mooring of boats and the establishment of mooring fields in seagrass beds is generally recognized as a significant source of damage to these important ecological communities across their range. As such, the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership is only providing support to specific remediation actions at this and other designated project sites, which address historic damage caused by the scouring effects of traditional chain and block-anchor mooring systems.

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Expanding Marine Meadow Habitat in the Peconic Estuary, NY

Expanding Marine Meadow Habitat in the Peconic Estuary, NY

Marine meadows play an important role in providing ecosystem services while serving as preferred or essential habitat for a wide array of native fish species. In New York waters, it is estimated that over 80% of eelgrass habitat has been lost since the 1930’s due to natural and anthropogenic causes. To address the need to re-establish submerged aquatic vegetation in the Peconic Estuary, areas suitable for eelgrass restoration will be identified and restoration planting conducted. The public will have an opportunity to take part in these restoration efforts through participation in two land-based workshops.

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Scoy Pond and Staudinger’s Pond Alewife Access and Habitat Enhancement, New York

Scoy Pond and Staudinger’s Pond Alewife Access and Habitat Enhancement, New York

In Northwest Creek, a channel will be constructed and an overflow pipe will be replaced with a weir to allow fish passage into Staudinger’s Pond. In Alewife Brook, an undersized culvert will be replaced and stream debris will be removed to allow fish passage into Scoy Pond and to improve tidal flow. Additionally in Alewife Brook, invasive Phragmites will be removed and the surrounding habitat will be enhanced. This project will ultimately restore access to approximately 18 acres of diadromous fish spawning and maturation habitat and enhance the ecologic function of nearly 1000 acres of estuarine habitat.

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Spotlight on James River Atlantic Sturgeon Habitat Restoration, Virginia

Spotlight on James River Atlantic Sturgeon Habitat Restoration, Virginia

A lack of clean, hard substrate has been noted as a limiting factor for the restoration of many anadromous species in the James River. The loss of this ideal spawning habitat is due to dredging and excess sediment entering the river from erosion. This project will promote the population of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) and other anadromous fishes of the Chesapeake Bay through the restoration of spawning and nursery habitat.

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Goose Creek Dam Eel Passage Restoration, South Carolina

Goose Creek Dam Eel Passage Restoration, South Carolina

An eel passage facility will be constructed at the Goose Creek Dam, a dam with water flowing over it which will include an eel ramp, a collection box, and a gated security fence. Construction of the planned eel passage facility should restore eel passage to the entire Goose Creek watershed including over 40 stream miles and adjacent freshwater wetlands.

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Shoreline and Spartina Marsh stabilization along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, South Carolina

Shoreline and Spartina Marsh stabilization along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, South Carolina

This project will rehabilitate tidal marsh areas experiencing degradation from boat traffic along the Intracoastal Waterway, within the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, by constructing natural breakwaters using oyster reefs. The expected results of the project include: increased fish habitat, stabilized shoreline, improved water quality, and increased public awareness.

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Restoring Coastal Fish Habitat Using Oysters, Mussels, and Marsh Grass at Guana Peninsula, FL

Restoring Coastal Fish Habitat Using Oysters, Mussels, and Marsh Grass at Guana Peninsula, FL

This project, located specifically at Wright’s Landing, in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, will restore and enhance fish habitat by preventing shoreline erosion and promoting shoreline accretion using a combination of mussel and oyster-based living shorelines. Combined with Spartina alterniflora planting, living shorelines have stopped or reversed erosion and provided critical habitats for plants, fishes, and invertebrates. Specifically, restored marsh and reef will provide nursery and feeding habitat for forage fishes (mummichog, silversides) that utilize emergent salt marsh habitats, as well as juvenile commercial and recreational species (drum, shrimp) that utilize oyster reef and shallow nearshore habitats.

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Restoring the Mangroves of the Indian River Lagoon, Florida

Restoring the Mangroves of the Indian River Lagoon, Florida

The Indian River Lagoon is a 156 mile bar-built coastal estuary that covers an area of approximately 3,575 square kilometers. It supports coastal mangrove wetlands, salt marshes, intertidal and subtidal flats, and riparian wetland and floodplains, which provide important habitat to numerous fish species. Unfortunately, the rate of shoreline and wetland destruction has increased, due to decades of urbanization and the spread of invasive plant species. This project will restore over 10 acres of coastal habitat wetlands to the Lagoon.

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