The Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership (SEAKFHP) formed through local working group efforts initiated in 2010 to bring together local communities, non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and residents to conserve fish habitat across Southeast Alaska utilizing coordinated strategies and local partnership actions. This focus on a bottom-up, locally driven, voluntary and non-regulatory effort was inspired by the approach outlined in the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP; www.fishhabitat.org).
Through efforts of the working group the SEAKFHP became recognized by the National Fish Habitat Board as a candidate fish habitat partnership in the fall of 2011, and was fully recognized in the spring of 2014. SEAKFHP work towards 4 broad CORE FUNCTIONS:
- Grow diversity and capacity of the partnership
- Develop organizational strength & perseverance of the partnership
- Provide services to SEAKFHP Partners and Southeast Alaska communities
- Develop regionally relevant fish habitat conservation strategies