Partnership Group Name: Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP)
Location: Southeast United States aquatic resources covering North Carolina south to and including Florida, west through Texas, and north through Missouri.
Partnership: Among U. S Fish and Wildlife Service,Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Florida Fish and Wildlife conservation Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, National Marine Fisheries Service, North Carolina Department of Environmental Health and Natural Resources, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
All of the partners are committed to working together to develop enhanced State and Federal partnerships that will focus on conserving and restoring aquatic habitats for the benefit of the aquatic resources in the Southeast.
The Partnership is expected to enhance coordination and communication among the parties, aid in leveraging of funding, result in enhanced dialogue on a regional scale, stimulate innovative solutions;result in shared efficiencies; help to increase public understanding and support of the value and significance of aquatic resources in the southeast; serve as a prototype for aquatic collaborative efforts at a regional scale; and, promote overall aquatic regional conservation in the area. The Partnership is patterned after the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and its successful joint ventures.
Project Manager: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Purpose of Partnership: To develop and implement a unified approach to aquatic resource management in the southeast.
Resource Issues of Concern: public use; fishery mitigation; imperiled fish and aquatic species recovery; interjurisdictional fisheries; aquatic habitat conservation; and aquatic nuisance species.
Actions to Date:
--Steering Committee established; Working Groups established.
- Purpose Developed
- Mission Defined
- Decision-making Method Agreed Upon
- Ground Rules Established
- Memorandum of Understanding signed and effective upon date of last signature - 6/28/04. Regular Meetings being held twice yearly
- Received a Multistate Conservation Grant in 2003 for establishing an ANS Coordinator position; Coordinator hired and began work in 2004.
- Received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop aquatic habitat management plans in four pilot watersheds.
- Applied for an additional Multistate Conservation Grant in 2004 to develop a comprehensive Aquatic Habitat Plan for the Southeast.