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A new 10-year Anniversary Report highlights the achievements of a decade-long regional effort in the Southeastern United States, led by the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP), to preserve globally significant aquatic species and the habitats they need to survive before they are lost forever. In 2004, 14 state fish and wildlife agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that acknowledged their official SARP membership and participation to leverage resources and expertise to strengthen conservation of fish and other aquatic resources. SARP was established “to do for fish what the North American Waterfowl Management Plan did for ducks.” In the 1980s when waterfowl populations plummeted to record lows, the governments of Canada and the United States developed a strategy to restore waterfowl populations through habitat protection, restoration and enhancement. With the support and involvement of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA), the National Fish Habitat Partnership, and a variety of federal agencies, councils and commissions, conservation organizations and businesses–including the SALCC–SARP has served as a successful catalyst and network builder for habitat restoration, conservation and scientific research in the southeastern United States.

These accomplishments and featured habitat conservation case studies are recognized in the recently released 10-year anniversary report titled, “Conserving Fish Habitat From the Rivers to the Sea: The Story of the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership.” This report can be read in its entirety by visiting

http://www.southeastaquatics.net/resources/sarps-special-reports/conserving-fish-habitat-from-rivers-to-the-sea-the-story-of-the-southeast-aquatic-resources-partnership-1/view.

For more information about SARP’s partners, programs and conservation successes, please visit SARP on the Web at www.southeastaquatics.net or contact Lindsay Gardner, SARP Program Communications Manager at lindsayg@southeastaquatics.net.

Thank you to all of the LCC partners who have participated in SARP!