Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

Board recognized October, 2007

Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) was initiated in 2001 toaddress the myriad issues related to the management of aquatic resources in
the southeastern United States, which includes about 26,000 miles of
species-rich aquatic shoreline and over 70 major river basins. The area faces
significant threats to its aquatic resources, as illustrated by the fact that
34% of North American fish species and 90% of the native mussel species
designated as endangered, threatened, or of special concern are found in the

Given these stark realities, and the predicted increased pressure on
Southeast aquatic resources in the future, SARP was established to protect,
conserve, and restore aquatic resources (including habitats) throughout the
Southeast, for the continuing benefit, use, and enjoyment of the American
people. SARP envisions a southeastern United States with healthy and diverse
aquatic ecosystems that support sustainable public use. A regional
collaboration of Federal and state natural resource and science agencies,
conservation organizations, and private interests in 14 southern states and
Puerto Rico, SARP and its partners’ work extends beyond the traditional
boundaries of aquatic resource management to enhance, protect and restore some
of the nation’s most economically and socially significant waters and aquatic

Since its establishment, SARP has supported more than 100 successful
on-the-ground habitat restoration projects and developed a variety of science-based
resources and tools to assess the health of rivers and coastal habitats.

SARP’s unique regional perspective, cutting edge
science and connections to decision-makers is strengthening the management of
aquatic resources and ensuring the conservation of precious waters, fish and
wildlife for future generations.


Jessica Graham
Partnership Coordinator