Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Database:  A Tool for Geospatial Assessment of Existing Information

ACFHP Data Links

Bibliographic Query

Assessment Query

Geospatial Query

The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Database provides the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) with the capability to review and summarize existing information on Indicators, Threats, and Actions, to inform strategic conservation planning for coastal waters and watersheds.

The links to the left launch these three query modules:

Bibliographic Query – using a set of sequential parameters in pull-down menus, this query generates a list of documents and data sources pertaining to a particular water body.  Output includes standard bibliographic information such as Title, Year, Authors, Organization, and Publication Info – as well as Habitat Type, Information Type, and Web Location (if an item is available, a “Click Here” link is provided).

Assessment Query – generates a list of indicators (measures of habitat condition), threats (or stressors), and/or actions (conservation recommendations), for a specified waterbody or watershed, with sources cited.

Geospatial Query – provides a GoogleMaps interface to launch a query of either the bibliographic or assessment information.

The tables (Bibliographic, Assessment, and Geospatial) in the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Database were developed in Microsoft Excel and exported to SQL Server, and the spatial framework polygon layer was developed in ArcGIS and exported to Google Maps.  The database is being used by ACFHP to develop a strategy to conserve, protect, restore, and enhance habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fish from Maine to Florida. ACFHP is recognized as a ‘candidate’ Fish Habitat Partnership under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP), with participation from federal and state agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and local entities.

More information on development of the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Database is available at: http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/estuaries/coastalfish.aspx

More information on the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) is available at: http://www.fishhabitat.org/

More information on the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is available at: http://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/

Metadata for ACFHP assessment of existing information is available at: 
ACFHPMetaData.mht