Government Agency and Non-governmental Organization Engagement
Before the Fish Habitat Action Team can develop a workshop approach or assessment framework to support the conservation and restoration of fish habitat, it must determine which data and tools would be most useful to government agencies, non-governmental organizations and local community members, and ensure restoration practitioners can access these resources.
Government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other Chesapeake Bay Program partners will be critical participants in a future workshop that will inform a potential fish habitat assessment for the Chesapeake Bay.
Scientific and Technical Understanding
After compiling a comprehensive list of the data and tools that are available to support the conservation and restoration of fish habitat, some gaps are apparent. Some habitats (e.g., nearshore habitat) are often underrepresented in fish and benthic surveys. New research could begin to close the gaps in these data-poor areas.