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ANEP works with the 28 individual programs in the National Estuary Program (NEP), which was established in 1987 by Congress to restore and protect estuaries of significant importance.
ANEP coordinates information exchange among NEPs and educates constituents and decision-makers about estuarine technical and programmatic issues of national, regional, and local significance.
ANEP promotes responsible stewardship of our nation’s bays, lagoons, and harbors, and shares lessons learned by NEPs with others who might benefit from a similar consensus-based, stakeholder-driven process in resource management.

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Charting the Course to Map SAV in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary

Species supporting valuable Atlantic coast fisheries depend upon the nursery provided by the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.  Much of this important habitat exists as vast expanses of underwater meadows known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV).  North Carolina has more SAV acreage than any other Atlantic coast state except Florida, 99% of that coverage being within the Albemarle-Pamlico region.

Recognizing the need to assess and protect SAV, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) has facilitated an interagency SAV Partnership since 2004. […]

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program: A Collaborative Approach to Ecosystem Recovery

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In 1992, the elected officials participating in Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) adopted a goal of restoring seagrass to 1950s levels after decades of decline.  Reaching this goal required collaboration from public and private participants [...]