In the News
  • PMEP announces 2015 funding opportunity for Oregon. For details, click here.
  • Read the letter the coastal fish habitat partnerships sent to NOAA regarding their pending saltwater recreational fish policy.
  • Check out the fall issue of the coastal fish habitat partnerships newsletter here.
  • PMEP is supporting three West Coast fish habitat restoration projects in 2014. Click here for the details, and here for a map of 2014 funded projects.
  • Check out "Coastal Restoration Returns," a new publication by the USFWS that highlights the impact of coastal and private lands restoration on local economies.
  • PMEP held a West Coast-wide summit in Seattle, WA in January. Click here for a copy of the summit report.
  • Check out a new paper on the climate benefits of estuary restoration.
Join Our Email Distribution List

Join the PMEP email distribution to stay informed on PMEP progress and happenings by clicking here.

Website last updated October 14, 2014.


Pacific Marine and Estuarine

Fish Habitat Partnership

 Supporting priority habitat conservation work for juvenile fish along the Pacific coast

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) is one of 18 nationally recognized partnerships that seeks to advance regional and national goals relating to juvenile fish habitat. PMEP supports existing efforts in targeted priority areas and encourages new efforts to:

  • PMEP logo

    Protect and maintain intact and healthy aquatic systems
  • Prevent further degradation of fish habitats

  • Reverse declines in the quality and quantity of aquatic habitats
  • Increase the quality and quantity of fish habitats that support a broad natural diversity of fish and other aquatic species

Our vision is to provide for healthy native fish populations in functional, resilient estuarine and nearshore marine ecosystems in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Our mission is to work with partners to protect, enhance, and restore ecological processes and habitats within estuaries and nearshore marine environments to sustain healthy native fish communities and support sustainable human uses that depend on healthy fish populations.

Our priorities are to protect, restore, and enhance:

  • juvenile fish habitat in nearshore marine and estuary habitats;
  • tidal wetland-intertidal-subtidal-nearshore connectivity; and
  • water quality and quantity in estuaries and nearshore marine environments.

Links to our member websites: 

US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 1 | NOAA Fisheries - Southwest Region, Northwest Region |
US Forest Service Regions 5 and 6 | South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve | 
Makah Tribe | Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program | California Department of Fish and Game | Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife | Washington Department of Ecology | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife | Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission | Ducks Unlimited | Pacific Coast Joint Venture | The Nature Conservancy