Prioritization Criteria for Fish Passage Projects in Maryland
There are over 2,500 manmade blockages in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that inhibit migratory and
resident fish from reaching their spawning habitat. The loss of habitat has impacted population numbers of many fish species. While there have been improvements in opening historic spawning habitat through the successful completion of the 2003 Fish Passage Goal which opened approximately 1300 miles of river habitat, continued effort was warranted. The Chesapeake 2000 Agreement recognized the importance of providing additional habitat for migratory and resident fish by committing to the development of a new Fish Passage goal. A major component of a "healthy" Bay ecosystem is abundant fish populations through habitat restoration and protection.
Therefore the Chesapeake Bay Program signatory partners adopted the Fish Passage Goal as follows:
During the period 2005-2014, Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions will complete 100 fish passage and/or dam removal projects, which will open 1,000 miles of high quality tributary habitat to migratory and resident fishes. Actual fish utilization and passage will be documented at all new fish passage projects and, wherever possible, these projects will be integrated within locally supported watershed management or restoration plans.
Priority will be given to:
In addition, projects in Maryland will be prioritized under the following guidelines:
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