Since preliminary discussions among its agency partners began in 2001, APNEP has supported a collaboration among partners that aims to promote the conservation of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) along the entire coast of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. This partnership has been meeting regularly since 2004 and was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding in 2006. Watch this 2019 talk by Team Lead Dr. Jud Kenworthy to learn more about the importance of North Carolina's SAV and read about the SAV Team's past and current work in our Soundings Blog.

Members participating with APNEP’s Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Action Team pursue collaborative initiatives aligned with the following APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) actions:

  •  B2.2: Develop and implement a submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) protection strategy. APNEP will work with its partners in protecting SAV habitats through mapping efforts, examination of permitting requirements, water quality and habitat issues, and education for boaters.
    • Outputs: Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) protection strategy
    • Results: Improved management of water quality and ecosystem biodiversity
  • C3.3: Develop and implement a submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) restoration strategy. In conjunction with strategies to protect SAV (see B2.2), APNEP will work to restore areas capable of supporting SAV. This work will require study of effective restoration techniques, bathymetric mapping, water quality monitoring, and other efforts. APNEP will continue its contributions to the SAV Partnership to develop and promote a SAV restoration strategy.
    • Outputs: SAV restoration strategy
    • Results: : Improved water quality and ecological integrity

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