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Coastal Resources Commission Meets Dec. 3 to Adopt CHPP
RALEIGH The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will formally adopt the states Coastal Habitat Protection Plan at a Dec. 3 meeting in New Bern. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Craven County Agricultural Building, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.
A requirement of the Fisheries Reform Act of 1997, the CHPP identifies important habitats that sustain North Carolinas billion-dollar commercial and recreational fishing industries and recommends ways to protect and enhance them. The Coastal Resources, Environmental Management, and Marine Fisheries Commissions are required to adopt the plan by the end of this year.
The CHPP outlines four general goals:
· Improve the effectiveness of existing rules and programs to protect coastal fish habitats
· Identify, designate and protect Strategic Habitat Areas
· Enhance and protect critical habitats
· Enhance and protect water quality
To learn more about CHPP or to download a copy of the plan, visit www.ncfisheries.net, or call the Division of Marine Fisheries at (252) 726-7021 or (800) 682-2632.
|Last Modified: November 24, 2004|