Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

A Plan to Protect

The overarching goal of the N.C. Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPP) is long-term enhancement of coastal fisheries through habitat protection and enhancement efforts. The North Carolina Marine Fisheries, Environmental Management, and Coastal Resources Commissions unanimously adopted the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan in December 2004. The document provides information on the habitats’ distribution and abundance, ecological functions and importance to fish production, status and trends, threats to the habitats, and includes recommendations to address threats. The Coastal Habitat Protection Plan is revised every five years to reflect changes in the status of habitat protection in North Carolina.

CHPP Process

Development and implementation of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan is a N.C. Department of Environmental Quality effort. Staff from the department’s divisions with jurisdiction over marine fisheries, water quality and coastal management participate in plan development and implementation. This CHPP Team, consists of staff from the Division of Marine Fisheries, Division of Coastal Management, Division of Water Resources, and Division of Energy, Minerals, and Land Resources. Other agencies, such as Albermarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Partnership, Wildlife Resource Commission, Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, Division of Mitigation Services, and Soil and Water Conservation District have participated on the CHPP Team. To implement recommendations of the plan, the CHPP team develops specific implementation actions.

The CHPP Steering Committee, which consists of two commissioners from the Marine Fisheries, Coastal Resources and Environmental Management commissions reviews and approves the plan, recommendations and implementation actions. They also meet regularly to discuss cross-cutting habitat and water quality issues and solutions and receive updates on CHPP progress. Members of the CHPP Steering Committee serve as liaisons to their full commissions to improve communication across commissions.
 

2021 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Amendment 

The 2021 CHPP draft is currently under development. 

View drafts and meeting materials presented to the CHPP Steering Committee

CHPP Wetland Virtual Workshops

CHPP Wetland Virtual Workshops

Seventy participants from state and federal agencies, non-government organizations,and academia attended a series of three virtual technical workshops on coastal wetlands in August of 2020. Hosted by the CHPP Planning Team, the three workshops were convened to solicit input from coastal and palustrine wetland subject matter experts.The first workshop was titled Coastal Wetland Mappingand Monitoring (August 19th, 2020), the second was Coastal Wetland Threats and Conservation (August 25th, 2020), and the third was Coastal Wetland Restoration and Living Shorelines (August 26th, 2020). Information and input gathered from these workshops will be incorporated into the CHPP 2021 Amendment issue paper, Wetland Protection and Enhancement, with Focus on Nature-Based Methods.

CHPP Wetland Virtual Workshops Summary

Coastal Wetland Mapping Virtual Workshop
August 19, 2020
Agenda Presentation: Emerging Technologies
Presentation: Mapping and Evaluation Presentation: Coastal Wetland Mapping and Monitoring

 

Coastal Wetland Threats and Conservation Virtual Workshop
August 25, 2020
Agenda Presentation: N.C. Salt Marshes: Threats and Conservation Opportunities
Presentation: North Carolina’s Coastal Freshwater Wetlands:Caught in the Middle

 

Coastal Wetland Restoration and Living Shorelines Virtual Workshop
August 26, 2020
Agenda Presentation: Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediments for Coastal Marsh Restoration
Presentation: Increasing the Use of Living Shorelines for Wetlands Restoration
CHPP Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workshop

CHPP Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workshop

On March 4, 2020, seventy professionals from science, management, and conservation communities met at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh for the Clean Waters and SAV: Making the Connection technical workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to receive input for the 2021 NC Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPP) regarding protection and restoration of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) through water quality improvements. The workshop included information on the scientific links between SAV health and water quality, processes used in other states to successfully restore SAV, and discussions on data needs and potential mechanisms to preserve and improve water quality for the protection and restoration of SAV. Attendees represented federal, state, and local governments, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and groups that operate to integrate those management, scientific, and public spheres.

CHPP Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workshop Summary

Completed Coastal Habitat Protection Plans CHPP Implementation Plans Annual Reports

Annual Reports

2015-16 Annual Report
2014-15 Annual Report
2013-14 Annual Report
2012-13 Annual Report
2011-12 Annual Report
2010-11 Annual Report
2009-10 Annual Report
2008-09 Annual Report
2007-08 Annual Report
2006-07 Annual Report
2005-06 Annual Report
2004-05 Annual Report

Contact Information

Contact Information

Anne Deaton
Division of Marine Fisheries
Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov

Jimmy Johnson
Albermarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Partnership
Jimmy.Johnson@ncdenr.gov