PMEP Funded Projects 2022

PMEP is pleased to announce the award of over $230,000 to the following five fish habitat restoration projects for 2022.

  • Sequalitchew Creek Estuary Restoration Design Alternatives
  • Polnell Point Armor Removal and Restoration
  • Aiston Preserve Nearshore Restoration
  • Eelgrass restoration in Washington & Oregon
  • Zangle Cove Restoration

These projects represent important conservation priorities of PMEP, restoring eelgrass, nearshore sediment transport processes, and habitat connectivity. The projects were evaluated by a PMEP review panel and the PMEP Steering Committee and the board of the National Fish Habitat Partnership against PMEP and national conservation priorities. Funding comes from the National Fish Habitat Partnership and will be managed through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more detailed descriptions of the funded projects check out our funded projects page, or take a look at our interactive story map.

Since 2006, the National Fish Habitat Partnership has supported over 1,000 projects benefiting fish habitats in all 50 states. The National Fish Habitat Partnership works to conserve fish habitats nationwide; leveraging federal, state, tribal, and private funding resources to achieve the greatest impact on fish populations through priority conservation projects of 20 regionally-based Fish Habitat Partnerships.

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PMEP Estuary Explorer and Estuary Viewer Data Tools Training

PMEP and the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR) are teaming up again to host the second training session for the PMEP Estuary Viewer and Estuary Explorer online mapping tools on April 5th and 6th. This training will be held from 10 am to 12 pm over two days, with a $10 registration fee. Participants must be able to attend both days.

In the training, you will learn how to use tools that have been developed for scientists and managers to provide easy access to compiled geographic and biophysical information on estuaries and coastal fish habitats of California, Oregon, and Washington.

By the end of the four-hour training, participants will be able to explore and filter estuary data on regional and local scales for conservation and restoration planning and management purposes, learn how to effectively use the compiled data in both tools and how to download available datasets, upload personal data sets, or data from outside of PMEP, and customize their queries and data overlays.

For more information and to sign up, click here!  

Native Lamprey Species Report

PMEP, the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative, and the California Fish Passage Forum just published a new report, Barriers to tidal connectivity for native lamprey species, which documents what we know about lamprey species and how they interact with barriers to tidal connectivity. The report was commissioned in 2019 to fill data gaps identified at the October 2019 Barriers to Tidal Connectivity Workshop. The report was written by Dave Ward of Fish Forward.
 

Check out the report here!  

PMEP Extended deadline for project proposals for FY2023 funding

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership has extended the deadline for submitting proposals for funding for fish habitat restoration and protection projects for its FY2023 funding cycle. PMEP will award an estimated $100,000-$350,000 in 2023 for projects that advance its mission.

Please access the full Request for Proposal (RFP) and application instructions HERE.

The deadline for proposals is now 5PM PST February 28, 2022.  

NOTE: IF YOU HAD TROUBLE ACCESSING THE JOTFORM APPLICATION, PLEASE TRY AGAIN. THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN FIXED.

PMEP Now accepting proposals for FY2023 project funding

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership is now accepting proposals for funding for fish habitat restoration and protection projects for its FY2023 funding cycle. PMEP will award an estimated $100,000-$350,000 in 2023 for projects that advance its mission.

Please access the full Request for Proposal (RFP) and application instructions HERE.

The deadline for proposals is 5PM PST February 25, 2022.  

NOTE: IF YOU HAD TROUBLE ACCESSING THE JOTFORM APPLICATION, PLEASE TRY AGAIN. THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN FIXED.

Getting to Know PMEP!

PMEP Recently prepared this video for new members of the National Fish Habitat Partnership board of directors. Its a good overview of our focus and priorities and highlights our assessments and partners projects.

PMEP Funds Four New Projects in 2021

PMEP is pleased to announce the following projects have been selected for funding through the National Fish Habitat Partnership.  These projects represent important conservation priorities of PMEP.  $175,956 has been awarded to the partnership through the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the following five projects:

  • Blind Slough Wetland Reconnection Project, OR
  • Rose Point Embayment Restoration Project, WA
  • Catalina Island Eelgrass Restoration Project, CA
  • Restoring Tidal Swamp, Marsh and Connectivity in the Yaquina Estuary, OR

Read more about these and other PMEP funded project here.

PMEP Releases U.S. West Coast Eelgrass Restoration Synthesis Report

PMEP is proud to announce the release of Eelgrass Restoration on the U.S. West Coast: A Comprehensive Assessment of Restoration Techniques and Their Outcomes. Eelgrass is an important foundation species along the U.S. West Coast, supporting a suite of ecosystem services and functions and providing food and shelter for many fishes and invertebrates. In 2018, PMEP published Eelgrass Habitats on The U.S. West Coast: State of the Knowledge of Eelgrass Ecosystem Services and Eelgrass Extent and compiled a geodatabase of eelgrass presence/absence and current and historic extent of eelgrass in 444 estuaries along the U.S. West Coast. In 2020, PMEP commissioned this new report to synthesize eelgrass restoration project successes along the U.S. West Coast to identify best practices for eelgrass restoration and mitigation. The authors of the report reviewed and synthesized data from 51 eelgrass restoration (non-mitigation and mitigation) projects from California, Oregon, and Washington.  They identified those methods and approaches that resulted in successful restoration.  The report was prepared by Kathryn Beheshti and Melissa Ward and was funded by Pew Charitable Trusts with support from the Friends of the South Slough Reserve.

Access the project webpage HERE.

Photo credit: Melissa Ward

PMEP-sponsored Point No Point Estuary Restoration Project Receives NOAA Angler Funding

NOAA is funding four projects sponsored by National Fish Habitat Partnerships designed to enhance recreational fisheries engagement and restore habitat through the coastal National Fish Habitat Partnerships. PMEP is supporting the restoration of tidal influence to the Point No Point Estuary in Kitsap County, Washington. The Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group is collaborating with the Kitsap County Parks Department to remove a malfunctioning tide gate to convert freshwater wetlands back into salt marsh habitat. Restoring tidal connectivity in this 32-acre area will provide critical nearshore habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon by restoring ecosystem processes at a key site along migratory salmon routes in and out of Puget Sound. the project also engages the local North Kitsap Puget Sound Anglers and other local fishers to collect data before and after restoration. Local engagement efforts will include education and outreach around the project and its importance. The project supports the NOAA Fisheries Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan, is integrated with regional salmon recovery efforts and helps PMEP reach its goal to improve connectivity within estuarine and nearshore fish habitat.

Barriers to Tidal Connectivity Project HUB Site

PMEP, in collaboration with the California Fish Passage Forum and the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative, has launched a new Barriers to Tidal Connectivity data hub of resources developed through a collaborative project to improve our understanding of tidal connectivity issues along the US West Coast.

The data hub includes a data catalog of West Coast datasets of culverts, tide gates, levees and dikes, railways, and roads as well as maps identifying tidally restricted areas. This innovative data catalog assembles datasets managed by a variety of agencies including California’s Passage Assessment Database (PAD), Oregon’s Fish Passage Barriers, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish Passage Inventory, and the Washington Levee Inventory. Viewers can access all these datasets and visualize the extent of barriers to tidal connectivity for purposes of restoration, research, and planning.

Through the data hub, you can also access copies and recordings of presentations given at the recent Barriers to Tidal Connectivity Symposium held October 28, 2020. And other resources and reports can be accessed through the hub.

This data hub is a product of a collaborative effort by the three fish habitat partnerships made possible with generous support from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

You can find out more on Barriers to Tidal Connectivity on the PMEP website by clicking on the projects tab, or you can head directly to the data hub here.