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Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Meeting Set

A close-up view of subaquatic vegetation. Photo: APNEP

The Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee will meet by webinar at 9 a.m. July 30 to cover several items, including completed issue papers on subaquatic vegetation and rule compliance to protect habitat and water quality.

The public may join the meeting by phone at 415-655-0003 or online here. Meeting number is 169 057 0762. Meeting password is 3yDpvjgew8.

A Pew Foundation representative will address the committee during the meeting regarding her thoughts and suggestions for promoting the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and involving stakeholders in the process and the implementation of the plan.

Committee members will also discuss the 2021 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Revision and hear a presentation on the water quality section in the North Carolina Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan.

For more information, contact Jimmy Johnson with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership at jimmy.johnson@ncdenr.gov or Anne Deaton with the Division of Marine Fisheries at anne.deaton@ncdenr.gov.

The state Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, a result of the North Carolina’s Fisheries Reform Act passed by the General Assembly in 1997, addresses habitat and water quality efforts needed to protect, enhance and restore fish habitat in North Carolina. The committee, made up of two commissioners from Marine Fisheries, Coastal Management and Environmental Management commissions, reviews and approves the plan, recommendations and implementation actions.

A full meeting agenda is available online.

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