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Habitat Focus Areas


Between 2013 to 2015, NOAA selected 10 Habitat Focus Areas. These are places where multiple NOAA offices can effectively focus their resources to prioritize long-term habitat science and conservation efforts.

In each of these Habitat Focus Areas, we have a significant story to tell and can demonstrate how NOAA’s science, service, and stewardship come together to improve habitat conditions for fisheries, coastal communities, and marine life, and to provide other economic, cultural, and environmental benefits our society needs and enjoys.

On each Habitat Focus Area page, you will learn a bit about what makes these coastal areas special, what threatens these resources, how NOAA is working to conserve the habitat, and with whom we have partnered. You will also see the outcomes we anticipate achieving in the next few years, as well as our long-term goals for the area.

Choose a Habitat Focus Area to explore:

Learn about the entire network of Habitat Focus Areas and share this  Fact Sheet.

If you have any questions about NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint or Habitat Focus Areas, please email Kara Meckley.