In addition to implementing regulations to protect habitat from fishing related degradation, the Council in cooperation with NOAA Fisheries, actively comments on non-fishing projects or policies that may impact fish habitat. The Council adopted a habitat policy and procedure document that established a four-state Habitat Advisory Panel and adopted a comment and policy development process. Members of the Habitat Advisory Panel serve as the Council's habitat contacts and professionals in the field. With guidance from the Advisory Panel, the Council has developed and approved habitat policies on: energy exploration, development, transportation and hydropower re-licensing; beach dredging and filling and large-scale coastal engineering; protection and enhancement of submerged aquatic vegetation; and alterations to riverine, estuarine and nearshore flows.
Protection and Restoration of EFH from Marine Aquaculture
Protection and Enhancement of Marine Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Protection and Restoration of EFH from Beach Dredging and Filling
Protection and Restoration of EFH from Energy Exploration, Development, Transportation and Hydropower Re-Licensing
Protection and Restoration of EFH from Alterations to Riverine, Estuarine and Nearshore Flows
Policies for the Protection of South Atlantic Marine Ecosystems from Non-Native and Invasive Species
Policies for the Protection of South Atlantic Estuarine Ecosystems from Non-Native and Invasive Species