Protecting and restoring
North Carolina's coast through the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Coalition is a group of stakeholders working to protect coastal habitats such as seagrass, oysters, and salt marsh. The North Carolina Coastal Federation and The Pew Charitable Trusts are bringing people together to share ideas to protect these valuable resources through the 2021 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and the 2021 Oyster Blueprint.

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Public comment for the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan is open!

The public comment period for the Coastal Habitat Protection plan is officially open! You can now submit public comment in support our state's efforts to protect and restore water quality vital to our coastal habitats.
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Why we're here

The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Coalition is working with stakeholders to protect and restore coastal ecosystems through state habitat planning documents. Our coastal economy and the opportunities awaiting visitors rely on a healthy environment to thrive.

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Protecting habitat through the coastal habitat protection plan

The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan is a one-of-a-kind resource for protecting and restoring North Carolina's coastal habitat.

The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPP) brings together agencies, partners and stakeholders every five years to ensure a healthy coastal habitat essential for recreation, fisheries, and coastal resiliency.


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Restoring oysters through the oyster blueprint

The NC Oyster Blueprint is an action plan for protecting and restoring oyster habitat.

For almost two decades, a diverse group of people involved in growing, harvesting, studying, managing and eating oysters has worked together to protect and restore North Carolina’s oyster habitats and fishery through the Oyster Blueprint.

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Clean Water Recommendations for Protecting and Restoring North Carolina's Coastal Habitats

The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Coalition had an opportunity to convene a group of stakeholders in the summer of 2021 to learn from scientists the connection between clean water and productive fishery habitats. The group produced a document below that was submitted to the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee in August of 2021.
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2021 is an opportunity to plan and promote a healthy future for North Carolina's coastal habitats

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Learn About North Carolina's Coastal Habitats

The North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan recommends ways to protect and restore six essential coastal habitat types. Learn about how these habitat types are essential for North Carolina's economy and quality of life below