Who We Are

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) is a nationally recognized partnership that seeks to advance regional and national goals relating to juvenile fish habitat. PMEP is a consortium of organizations focused on West Coast fish habitat in the region’s estuaries and nearshore marine waters. We invite local, state, tribal, and federal governments and non-governmental and private organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington to join this voluntary collaboration.

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Our Vision

Provide for healthy native fish populations in functional, resilient estuarine and nearshore marine ecosystems in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Our Mission

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

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.

The National Fish Habitat Partnership

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) is one of 20 nationally recognized fish habitat partnerships in the United States. Although PMEP has specific goals associated with juvenile fish habitat in estuarine and nearshore marine environments, habitat connectivity, and water quality and quantity, the partnership also serves to advance the goals of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) – to protect, restore, and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve quality of life for all Americans. For more information about NFHP, visit their website.

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