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.

With its partners, PMEP synthesizes the best available information to help protect and restore West Coast fish habitat, including compiling datasets that enhance our understanding of this habitat. PMEP also provides, with partners, targeted restoration and conservation funding to support on-the-ground work.

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Our Vision

For California, Oregon, and Washington to have functional, resilient estuarine and nearshore marine ecosystems that support healthy native fish populations.

Our Mission

To provide science, data, and funding to conserve and restore West Coast nearshore and estuarine fish habitat.

Our Program Priorities

Protect, restore, and enhance:

  • juvenile fish rearing habitats in estuaries;
  • fish habitat in the nearshore Pacific Ocean; and
  • connectivity between habitats (i.e. tidal wetland-intertidal-subtidal-nearshore connectivity). 

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’s specific focus is on the estuarine and nearshore marine ecosystems in California, Oregon, and Washington, 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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