The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee is expected to meet virtually 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 31.
During the meeting, the committee is to be updated on the implementation progress for the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan 2021 Amendment recommendations. Committee members are to hear presentations on the Marine Debris Action Plan and the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative.
The public can attend through web conference or listen by phone. Details on how to connect are on the steering committee website, where the agenda and meeting materials also can be found. A listening station will be available at North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office.
The N.C. Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, called CHPP, a long-term habitat protection and enhancement effort for fisheries, was first adopted in December 2004 and provides information on the habitats’ distribution and abundance, ecological functions and importance to fish production, status and trends, threats to the habitats, and includes recommendations to address threats, according to the website.
For more information, contact Jimmy.Johnson@ncdenr.gov with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership or Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov with the Division of Marine Fisheries.