Habitat Committee

The Council’s Habitat Committee provides advice to the Council on a wide variety of habitat-related issues. The committee works with other advisory bodies on habitat issues, helps develop ways to resolve habitat problems and avoid future habitat conflicts, and makes recommendations for actions that will help achieve the Council’s habitat objectives. Meetings are open to the public.

Lance Hebdon is the Chair and Dr. Correigh Greene is the Vice-Chair of the Habitat Committee (HC). 

See the HC roster.

Latest Habitat Reports

Current Habitat Topics

The list below includes major topics discussed by the Habitat Committee since 2015. For more information, see the briefing book archives.

General topicDetailsRelevant agencies or organizationsDate last discussed in Habitat Committee
Essential fish habitat for highly migratory speciesFive year reviewNMFS2020 (March)
Ecosystem-based fishery managementAnnual Integrated Ecosystem Assessment reportNMFSAnnually
SalmonSalmon rebuildingNMFS, Council2020 (March)
Groundfish essential fish habitat (EFH)Groundfish EFH (Amendment 28)Council, NMFS2019 (September)
Fishery Ecosystem PlanFive-year reviewCouncil2020 (March)
Fishery Ecosystem PlanClimate and communities initiativeCouncil2019 (March)
DamsKlamath dam removal2019 (November)
CoralsDeep sea coralsNOAA2019 (March)
Columbia RiverDissolved gas levels at damsStates of Washington, Oregon2019 (March)
AquacultureHumboldt Bay aquacultureHumboldt Bay Harbor District, Nordic Aquafarms2019 (March)
Sacramento waterCentral Valley Operations BiopBureau of Reclamation, NMFS2019 (November)
Sediment managementWashington and California coastal sediment management activitiesWDFW, California Natural Resources Agency2019 (June)
Research and dataCalCOFI ( California Cooperative Oceanic
Fisheries Investigations) update
NMFS2019 (June)
Offshore energyBureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) California task force activities; offshore windBOEM2019 (June)
Liquified natural gas (LNG)Jordan Cove LNG project and pipelineFERC2019 (November)
KlamathNew Biological OpinionBureau of Reclamation2019 (June)
KlamathFlushing flowsBureau of Reclamation, NMFS2019 (June)
SanctuariesSanctuariesNational Marine Sanctuary Program2020 (March)
Sacramento DeltaStudy of Juvenile Salmon Use of the Sacramento DeltaNMFS2019 (April)
PrioritiesShared Council/NMFS habitat prioritiesCouncil, NMFS2019 (November)
PollutantsNational Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for offshore Seafood ProcessorsEnvironmental Protection Agency2019 (April)
DroughtWashington drought declarationWashington state2019 (April)
Coastal zone managementProposed Rule Changes to Coastal Zone Management Act Federal Consistency ProcessNMFS2019 (April)
BeaversOregon Dept of Transportation (ODOT) beaver removal policiesODOT2019 (April)
AquacultureNOAA aquaculture rules/planNational Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)2019 (April)
Research and dataResearch and data needsCouncil2018 (September)
Killer whales (southern resident)Expansion of critical habitatNOAA2019 (November)
Ecosystem-based fishery managementWest Coast Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Roadmap ImplementationNMFS2018 (September)
Columbia RiverTreaty negotiationsDept. of State2018 (September)
Climate changeReport to legislature on ocean acidificationOregon Coordination Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia2018 (September)
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management ActReauthorizationCouncil2018 (November)
DamsRaising of Shasta damBureau of Reclamation2018 (November)
DamsSan Clemente dam removal2018 (November)
Columbia RiverEssential fish habitat in the Columbia RiverEPA2018 (November)
AquaculturePacific Ocean Aquafarms (proposed offshore yellowtail tuna facility)Hubbs Sea World Research Institute2018 (November)
EstuariesGeneralPMEP, others2019 (September)
Columbia RiverFlows2018 (June)
Offshore energyTrident/Morro Bay offshore wind projectTrident Wind2018 (April)
Columbia RiverSpill (through dams)Federal Columbia River Power System2018 (April)
SalmonEscape of Atlantic salmon from aquaculture facility2017 (September)
Fishery Ecosystem PlanClimate vulnerability assesssment reportCouncil/NMFS2017 (September)
DamsOroville DamUS Army Corps of Engineers, others2017 (September)
California Current Integrated Ecosystem AssessmentAssessment indicatorsNMFS2017 (September)
AquacultureRose Canyon Aquaculture project (offshore project for seabass, yellowtail, etc)Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute2017 (September)
Ecosystem-based fishery managementSablefish ecosystem indicatorsCouncil, NMFS2017 (November)
SalmonCoastal Coho Restoration PlanNMFS2017 (March)
Fishery Ecosystem PlanGeneral initiativesCouncil2017 (March)
Research and dataHabitat Use DatabaseNMFS2017 (June)
Research and dataBOEM data portal for offshore renewable energyBOEM2017 (June)
Marine planningMarine planning2017 (June)
Law enforcmentNMFS Office of Law Enforcement Strategic Plan reviewNMFS2017 (June)
Climate changePacific Coast Collaborative and Ocean Acidification AlliancePacific Coast Collaborative (states of WA, OR, CA)2017 (June)
AquacultureCoast Seafoods aquaculture projectCoast Seafoods/Humboldt Bay2017 (April)
GeneralFisheries-specific habitat objectivesPacific States Marine Fisheries Commission2016 (November)
DamsHells Canyon Section 401 CertificationFederal Energy Regulatory Commission2016 (November)
Columbia RiverColumbia River operations, generalNMFS, BOR, EPA, USFWS2020 (March)
Sacramento waterSacramento winter-run chinook outlook and planningNMFS2016 (March)
Nuclear powerDiablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant closure/fish entrainmentPacific Gas & Electric2016 (June)
Climate changeWestern Regional (Climate Change) Action PlanNMFS2016 (June)
Ecosystem-based fishery managementEcosystem indicatorsNMFS2016 (April)
Climate changeThermal Refugia in the Columbia River System/Norwest Stream Temperature ModelNMFS2016 (April)
Climate changeOcean Acidification policy recommendationsNMFS2016 (April)
Riparian buffersOregon Forest Practices Act buffer requirements inadequateOregon Board of Forestry2015 (November)
GeneralIntergovernmental Policy Council habitat framework2015 (November)
DroughtFederal legislation - drought issues2015 (November)
Columbia RiverHigh temperatures and fish killsNMFS/WDFW/ODFW2015 (November)
Forage fishUnmanaged forage fish protectionCouncil2015 (March)
Climate changeNMFS Climate Science Strategy UpdateNMFS2015 (March)
Offshore energyOregon State University (OSU) wave energy test siteOSU2015 (June)
DesalinationProposed desalination projects in CaliforniaDeepWater Desal, California American Water, People's Moss Landing Water Desal Project2015 (June)
AquacultureCatalina Sea Ranch/KZO Sea Farms proposed projectCatalina Sea Ranch/KZO Sea Farms proposed project2015 (June)
FloodingChehalis River flood damage reduction projectWashington Dept of Ecology, USACE2019 (September)
AquacultureVentura Shellfish Project2019 (September)
SanctuariesChannel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan ReviewOffice of National Marine Sanctuaries2019 (November)
EelgrassReview of California eelgrass mitigation policyNOAA2019 (November)
SalmonSalmon reintroduction upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee damsConfederated Tribes of the Colville/UCUT2019 (November)
Offshore energyResponsible Offshore Energy Development Alliance (RODA)RODA2019 (November)
Humpback whalesExpansion of critical habitatNOAA2019 (November)

Habitat Correspondence and Resolutions

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