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Current status, issues and applications of GIS to inland fisheries

January 1, 2013

This chapter is concerned with GIS applications made to inland fisheries. These include fisheries in freshwater rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Although these GIS applications have increased rapidly since the late 1980s, this area of fish production receives less attention than either aquaculture or marine fisheries. This is probably because inland fisheries are often practised in remote areas, at a semi-subsistence level, or are recreational in many developed countries, and data on most aspects of the fisheries are scattered, fragmented and frequently unsuited for use as inputs to GIS. The GIS-based inland fisheries work has concentrated on mapping the distribution and abundance of fish species and mapping and modelling habitats in rivers, reservoirs and lakes, and relating the two. Much of the material included in the chapter on inland fisheries comes from either Fisher and Rahel (2004) or from the series of symposium proceedings published by the Fishery-Aquatic GIS Research Group (Nishida and Caton, 2010).

Publication Year 2013
Title Current status, issues and applications of GIS to inland fisheries
Authors William Fisher
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Number T552
Index ID 70198366
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown