Habitat Conservation on the West Coast

The survival of protected species requires healthy habitat. The Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Act direct NOAA Fisheries to protect, conserve, and restore freshwater and marine habitats. Quality habitat provides food, protection, and safe areas for spawning and rearing. Quality habitat includes certain features such as water bodies and vegetation. Degradation of habitat can limit species' survival and undermine the integrity of the entire ecosystem.

Through our authorities, NOAA Fisheries reviews federal proposals for land and water development to make sure the activities do not further degrade habitat or protected species. We also support restoration actions to improve habitat quality through technical assistance and funding. With support of our partners, we are working on hundreds of projects to protect and restore vital habitat for salmon and steelhead, marine mammals, and other aquatic species.