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The report includes the concern over the quality of water, fisheries, wetlands and habitat in the Albemarle-Pamlico (APES) region which has prompted public and private entities to collaborate on the management of the region's resources. To coordinate this effort, the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study Program was begun in 1987 under the joint sponsorship of the State of North Carolina's Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources (DEHNR) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (APES) has sponsored a large body of research looking specifically at the natural resources of the APES region, including fisheries resources, water quality, human environments (i.e., the use of land and water resources, including public trust areas), and vital habitats (including wetlands). The results of this research, as well as the input of researchers, experts from federal and state natural resource and environmental protection agencies, local government officials, private interest groups and individual citizens, have gone into the development of a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the APES region. The CCMP is divided into five broad areas of focus. These component plans address environmental problems related to that area of focus, the status of current laws and management efforts to deal with these problems.