Fish Habitat Award

Fish Habitat Writing Award

Created alongside the National Fish Habitat Partnership to raise awareness of the importance of protecting, restoring and enhancing fish habitat and aquatic communities.

The Fish Habitat Award will be given to the top contestants that best answer the question “Why do you think it is important to protect our lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastlines? in their creative writing.


Creative writing must answer the question “Why do you think it is important to protect our lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastlines?”


Creative writing entries can come in a wide variety of styles students may choose to submit an essay, story, interview, journal entry, or magazine article. Writing must be no longer than one side of 1 page. 


Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award winners in four age categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

Prizes include:

  • Fish Habitat Award Certificate
  • NFHP Poster
  • Rep Your Waters Hat

What is Fish Habitat and Why is it Important?

Fish habitat is where fish spawn, breed, feed and grow to maturity. Different species of fish are adapted to live in different habitats including: rocky shores, coral reefs, kelp forests, rivers, lakes,  and even the deep sea!

Healthy fish habitat is an essential part of maintaining fish populations.  


Learn More about the National Fish Habitat Partnership

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is an unprecedented attempt to address and unseen crisis for fish nationwide: loss and degradation of their watery homes.


The mission of the National Fish Habitat Partnership is to protect, restore and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.

The National Fish Habitat Partnership is made up of 20 (local, regionally-based, or species-based) partnerships that implement the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.  These partnerships are composed of local and regional community groups, non-profit organizations, watershed groups, Native American tribes, local, state and federal agencies, and individuals.  Examples of conservation actions include planting stream-side vegetation important to sustaining the health of riparian and aquatic plants and animals, protecting and restoring fish passage and other voluntary measures that help avoid and minimize negative effects that could result from industrial and agriculture practices and livestock.


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