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Join the National Fish Habitat Board

The National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) unites a diverse group of partners and expertise to achieve a nationwide impact for fish habitat, aquatic communities, and recreational anglers. NOAA is a founding member and serves on the National Fish Habitat Board. NFHP is currently seeking applications for five Board member positions by January 13, 2023.

Board Vacancies

Corporate Industry (Vacant)

  • Term Limit: 1 year
  • Term Expiration Date: December 31, 2023

Recreational Sportfishing Industry

  • Term Limit: 2 years
  • Term Expiration Date: December 31, 2024

Habitat Conservation Organization

Two positions are available.

Two-Year Term

  • Term Limit: 2 years
  • Term Expiration Date: December 31, 2024

Three-Year Term

  • Term Limit: 3 years
  • Term Expiration Date: December 31, 2025

Freshwater Recreational Anglers

  • Term Limit: 3 years
  • Term Expiration: December 31, 2025

Learn more and apply for a Board seat. The current Board will review applications and vote to install new members in early 2023.

What is the National Fish Habitat Board?

As outlined in the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, the Board facilitates coordination of fish habitat conservation efforts through 20 Fish Habitat Partnerships across the United States. The Partnerships focus on specific geographic regions, species, or habitat types and use an evidence-based, scientific approach to conservation. The 26-member Board is designated by the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act. It is composed of representatives from federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private industry, and other partners. Through participation in committees and ad hoc working groups, Board members are responsible for the following:

  • Supporting the national network of Fish Habitat Partnerships
  • Reviewing Fish Habitat Partnership project submissions
  • Establishing National Conservation Priorities
  • Communicating NFHP activities with a variety of audiences including Congress
  • Developing national habitat assessments, to evaluate U.S. aquatic habitats
  • Further implementing NFHP provisions of the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

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