Southern New England-NY Bight Coastal Program
Northeast Region

What We Do

What We DoSNEP boundary
The Southern New England-New York Bight Coastal Program is one of 21 Coastal Program offices in the United States, established by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to build partnerships to identify, protect and restore nationally significant habitat for fish, wildlife and people. The SNEP area covers coastal watersheds in seven states with habitats ranging from salt marsh to forest. The staff in the SNEP office carefully selected eight focal areas to concentrate their conservation efforts.  These areas are high in biodiversity and are home to endangered or threatened species.

SNEP strives to reduce the negative impacts of human activities on the coast by emphasizing a proactive, collaborative approach toward protecting valuable coastal resources.

Challenges Facing Coastal Conservation
Over the last several hundreds of years coastal resources have been under stress from urban and suburban development, loss of wetlands, excessive nutrient-enrichment, pollutants, and obstacles to fish migration, and invasive-exotic species.  In addition to these threats, new challenges rise to the surface.

  • By the year 2025, nearly 75 percent of all Americans are expected to live in coastal counties.
  • While the full range of potential impacts from global climate change are uncertain, virtually every habitat will be impacted.  By restoring and securing the habitats necessary to maintain the fish and wildlife in coastal areas, the Coastal Program and its partners can help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Facing These Challenges Together
We work collaboratively with our partners to identify, restore and protect regionally important habitat in the Southern New England–New York Bight Coastal Program area.

Specifically, we work with our partners to:

  • Assess priority fish and wildlife resources;
  • Conduct strategic land protection and habitat restoration;
  • Assist in management actions to protect coastal fish and wildlife resources;
  • Support climate change monitoring and planning efforts; and
  • Promote public awareness of the value of coastal habitats, the threats they face, and the opportunities available for the public to become involved in finding solutions.


Terns, The Nature Conservancy

The challenges facing our coastal communities will require strong partnerships and creative solutions.  We will continue to use a voluntary, collaborative approach, and seek opportunities to protect and restore high value habitat throughout the area.

Last updated: July 18, 2012

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