At present, there is limited information about how different fish use different Chesapeake Bay habitats during different parts of their lives. But we know healthy habitats—including the wetlands, rivers and streams that serve as nursery, spawning and forage areas—are important to fisheries productivity. Identifying and improving our understanding about important fish habitat will help target our conservation and restoration efforts.
- Read the Management Strategy (pdf)
- Download the 2020-2021 Fish Habitat Logic and Action Plan Work Plan (pdf)
Continually improve effectiveness of fish habitat conservation and restoration efforts by identifying and characterizing critical spawning, nursery and forage areas within the Bay and tributaries for important fish and shellfish, and use existing and new tools to integrate information and conduct assessments to inform restoration and conservation efforts.
Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)
Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)
State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of Maryland
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
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Annapolis, Maryland 21401
To track the progress of one or more management strategies, visit our Management Strategies Dashboard.