The coastal waters of the southeastern United States support a variety of important habitats. State and federal agencies are working with partners to help conserve estuarine and ocean habitats in order to support healthy ecosystems and fishery populations.
HOW THE PORTAL CAN BE USED:
In this example a developer is interested in siting wind turbines off of the Georgia coast. The developer is aware that in addition to the physical constraints (bottom type, currents, water depth, wind field and accessibility) they need to avoid important habitats such as Right Whale calving areas, hard bottom, and bird migration corridors. This map illustrates some of the habitat data layers available in the Portal which are needed to inform the developer of areas that should be avoided for wind turbine construction. Note that for an actual wind energy construction project, more site specific information is gathered and evaluated.
Artificial Reefs (Georgia)
Deepwater Coral Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPCs)
EFH-Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC)
Essential Fish Habitat (EFH)
Marine Protected Areas (NonNMFS)
Oculina Bank Marine Protected Area (MPA)
Shipping Fairways, Lanes and Zones
Shrimp Landings (North Carolina)