As a component of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research supports healthy ecosystems, communities and economies by providing managers and the public with tools to preserve, protect and restore valuable trust resources, and by characterizing ecosystem services including forecasts of how those services are affected by environmental change. CCFHR is comprised of laboratories in Beaufort, North Carolina and Kasitsna Bay, Alaska.
Marine Restoration and Spatial Planning
Coastal habitats provide important services to coastal economies. Diverse public
sectors have vested interests in reducing use conflicts, and improved recovery modeling
and restoration techniques for injured coastal habitats. We provide research and
management guidance to improve delineation, recovery and restoration of injured
habitats. Our research directly supports Department of Justice litigation of habitat
injuries in public trust waters. Our models, products and services directly support
federal, State and local habitat protection and restoration.
Shoreline Response to Climate Change
Shorelines are highly eroded by weather events and climate change. Coastal communities
and waterfront property owners are highly concerned by predictions of sea level
rise and the resulting impacts to waterfronts. We develop information, tools, and
guidance in support of sustainable shorelines based on enhancing natural stabilizing
processes, and we assist coastal communities in adapting to changing shorelines.
Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms
Harmful Algal Blooms endanger public health and have large economic impacts. Coastal
communities on all U.S. coasts need to be warned of developing blooms and how to
prevent exposure. We develop tools for detecting harmful algae, and improving forecasts
of bloom conditions.