Build and Deploy Fish Habitat Structures

group photo constructing fish habitat structures

Human activity has reduced the adequate cover and specific habitats that fish need for breeding, feeding and spawning so they can survive and thrive.

Join Pennsylvania Sea Grant Maritime Specialist, David Boughton, to build structures to replace lost natural spawning areas in Lake Erie. Participants will assemble and deploy the habitat structures by boat to areas of Lake Erie where fish habitat is needed.  Each year a minimum of twenty structures are built and deployed by approximately sixty volunteers and students as a part of a long term project to enhance Pennsylvania waterways. The Fish Habitat Structure Project involves a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) the SONS of Lake Erie (Save Our Native Species) as well as school groups from local vocational schools. This project receives support from the Friends of Fish Foundation.


students pulling invasive plants Weed Warriors

The Weed Warriors program helps preserve plant diversity by removing invasive plants. Contact Tom Cermak


boat wash event Boat wash stations 

Boat wash stations are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species at fishing tournaments, while creating a fun opportunity for both fundraising and education. Learn how you and your fishing club, scout troop, sports team, or other group can partner with Pennsylvania Sea Grant and local fishing tournaments to make a difference in your community by holding a watercraft inspection and boat wash station. Contact Sara Stahlman for more information. 


students clean up trash along shoreline Coastal Cleanups 

Litter, graffiti, and crime often go hand in hand and stewardship projects and education are key to changing behaviors towards community spaces.  Get involved in local clean ups in your area. Contact Anna McCartney or Ann Faulds for more information. 

Main Office: Tom Ridge Environmental Center 301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3 Erie, PA 16505 814-217-9011