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The Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee (HREMAC) was established in 1987 under Section 11-0306 of the Environmental Conservation Law, known as the Hudson River Estuary Management Act. The committee's volunteer members are appointed by the DEC Commissioner and represent interests directly involved in the estuary including commercial fishing, recreational uses, research, education, conservation, local government, marine trades and industry.
Chesapeake Bay is a Ramsar site.
Wetlands provide critical habitat for many Chesapeake Bay species. A variety of living resources depend on different types of wetlands for shelter and food. In the Bay area, there are bottomland hardwood swamps, fresh marshes, salt marshes, and beds of submerged aquatic vegetation.