The Chesapeake Bay and its watershed provide habitat—a home—to more than 3,600 species of plants and animals. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office recognizes the vital role of healthy habitat in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and works to protect and restore a variety of habitats in the watershed.

NCBO vessels are versatile platforms for habitat assessments

Habitat Assessments

Oyster reef in the Patuxent River. Photo by Ken Paynter

Oyster Reefs

Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)

Site of a living shoreline restoration project


Wetlands along a Chesapeake Bay tributary


Union Dam presents a barrier to fish passage

Fish Passage