The geographic extent of the ACFHP stretches from Maine to the Florida Keys, including all or part of 16 States. It covers 476,357 square miles, including land areas inland to the headwaters of coastal rivers, and ocean areas outward to the continental slope. The ACFHP plans to work throughout the region, but will focus on estuarine environments and place less emphasis on coastal headwaters and offshore marine ecosystems.
The Atlantic coast is home to some of the most populous and fastest growing areas of the United States. Aquatic habitats of the Atlantic coast are being heavily impacted by avariety of human disturbances.
The ACFHP will strive to achieve sufficiently healthyhabitats to support the survival and sustainability of the many species that utilize Atlantic coastal habitats for some portion of their life history. These species provide recreational opportunities and an economic resource for commercial fishermen, processing plants, and food fish markets locally and across the U.S.
Partners in the ACFHP include 16 States, one Native American government, several Federal agencies, and many non-governmental organizations focused on conservation of aquatic resources generally or in specific geographic areas.
The geographic area of the ACFHP overlaps with the Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) in coastal watersheds in the southeastern States. ACFHP and SARP coordinators have attended each other’s meetings since 2007. ACFHP also overlaps with the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, most notably in Maine. ACFHP and EBTJV have exchanged information and coordinated through overlapping committee representatives from USFWS and the State of Maine. The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership was recognized by the Board in March 2009.