Below are links to statefact sheets,
associated with The release of the National Fish Habitat Action
Plan Report;THROUGH AFISH’S EYE:
The Status of Fish Habitats In The United States 2010.
These Fact sheets provide an important picture of the challenges and opportunities
facing fish and those engaged in fish habitat conservation efforts.
Urbanization, agriculture, dams, culverts, pollution and other human impacts
have resulted in specific areas of degraded habitat where restoration is most
likely needed to bring back the healthy habitats and fishing opportunities that
once existed. Addressing degraded habitat also requires reducing or eliminating
the sources of degradation mentioned in this report, through best management
practices, land use planning, and engaging landowners, businesses, and local
communities in the effort.
for the 2010 “Status of Fish Habitats” Report state fact sheets:
Data about impaired waters is listed as the first ‘Did you know’ fact for most
states. The number of and miles/acres of impaired waters information is from
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Summary of Impaired Waters
from section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. The facts reference data from 2006
through 2008, the most recent data available at the time of the state
document’s publication. 303(d) impaired water data can be found at:
Facts linking fisheries to the economy for each state come from two different
sources. All commercial fisheries landings data are from the Fisheries of the
United States 2009 report published by NOAA in September 2010. This report can
be found at: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/fus/fus09/index.html.
The dollar value of
recreational fishing related activities is from the USFWS 2006 National Survey
of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. This report offers a
conservative calculation of the economic impacts associated with recreation
fishing and can be found at:
The commercial and recreational numbers were added to determine the total
dollar amount generated annually per state.