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  Habitat Conservation Division
  263 13th Avenue South 
  Saint Petersburg, FL  33701

  Phone: (727) 824-5317
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Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute: Sargassum Fact Sheet

During 2011, massive quantities of pelagic sargassum occurred throughout the Caribbean, impacting aquatic resources, fisheries, shorelines, waterways, and tourism. A similar event occurred in 2014 and continues in 2015. This Fact Sheet seeks to share the state of knowledge about the sargassum influx and to promote the adoption of best management practices.

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Decommissioning and Rigs-to-Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico

The Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, DOI’s Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed frequently asked questions surrounding decommissioning of non-producing oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.  It contains the following category of questions:

1. Decommissioning and Platform Removal (Q1-Q5)
2. Rigs-to-Reefs (Q6-Q19)
3. Reefing in the Gulf of Mexico (Q20-23)
4. Essential Fish Habitat and Oil and Gas Structures (Q24-Q28)
5. Federal Agency Roles (Q29)

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Mississippi River Freshwater Diversions in Southern Louisiana: Effects on Wetland Vegetation, Soils, and Elevation

Final Report to the State of Louisiana and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Louisiana Coastal Area Science and Technology Program Coordinated by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration  

A Position Paper by the Technical Panel from the Workshop on Response of Louisiana Marsh Soils and Vegetation to more

Habitat Conservation Division staff co-authors Beneficial Use of Sediments from Dredging Activities in the Gulf of Mexico in a special issue of the Journal of Coastal Research

The Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan Technical Framework was prepared by the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team of theGulf of Mexico Alliance with funding provided by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Coastal Services Center, National Ocean Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) more

Diadromous Fish Passage: A Primer on Technology, Planning, and Design

Recognizing the problems created by barriers such as dams, culverts, and other diversions NOAA Fisheries Service's Northeast and Southeast regions developed an overview of existing fish more




The Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan

NOAA and partners in the Cape Fear River Partnership announce the release of the Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish. The plan includes a suite of actions aimed at improving habitat for important species-including shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon, American shad, and striped bass-that make the Cape Fear home for at least part of their life more