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Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP)

GMF's Sabine and Red River Basins SARP Project
GMF's 2009 SARP Project

As an officially recognized partnership under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP), the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) has evolved a regional framework for planning and protection of aquatic resources in the thirteen states that make up their region. The group grew out of a desire to accomplish for fish what the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) did for birds. NAWMP is noted for its success in aiding the recovery of North American waterfowl populations through coordination of public and private efforts on an international scale. SARP seeks to repeat that success for aquatic resources in the Southeast United States, which contains 34 percent of the fish species found in North America. The guiding document for the regional effort is the Southeast Aquatic Habitat Plan (SAHP), which was developed alongside NFHAP.

GMF's involvement in SARP:

In March 2009, SARP awarded the Gulf of Mexico Foundation (GMF) $50,000 to fund a watershed-scale study focused on the Sabine and Red River basins. Project Manager Mikell Smith is coordinating the GMF's involvement and partnership with SARP.

The SARP Community Watershed Project engaged a wide range of interests in a collaborative effort to preserve aquatic species, the systems that support them, and the benefits they provide to humans. GMF identified threats to aquatic resources, assessed the state of conservation efforts in the area of interest, and recommended strategies and targets. The USGS National Wetlands Research Center in New Orleans has compiled data and created a GIS-based resource for SARP for the same river basins — a companion piece to the GMF effort. In addition to informing management and planning decisions, the methods employed in this collaborative venture will serve as a template for similar efforts in river basins throughout the SARP region.

Good science and data are vital components to good planning, but involving a diversity of stakeholders in the process is key to successful implementation. GMF applauds SARP for its approach to collaborative management and is pleased to have been selected for this important work.

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SARP PDF DOWNLOADS:

Sabine-Red River Final Report
(pdf 3480mb)

SARP Sabine & Red River Community Watershed Project brochure
Sabine & Red River Community Watershed Project brochure
(pdf 719kb)

Southeast Aquatic Habitat Plan
(pdf 188kb)

A Framework for Assessing the Nation’s Fish Habitat
(pdf 744kb)

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