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Geographic Information Systems in Fisheries Management and Planning Technical Manual by Gertjan De Graaf

Geographic Information Systems in Fisheries Management and Planning Technical Manual


Geographic Information Systems in Fisheries Management and Planning Technical Manual by Gertjan De Graaf

The FAO Inland Water Resources and Aquaculture Service has been active in promoting the use of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing in fisheries and aquaculture since 1985. However, a manual for fisheries biologists in the field to use along with GIS software, explaining GIS in a way that is understandable to non-GIS users, has not been produced until now. This manual has been written to overcome this knowledge-gap, as a do-it-yourself-manual giving a short introduction to GIS software and its applications in fishery science. The overall objective is to encourage fishery managers to use GIS to foster the sustainable use of natural resources. It is aimed at fisheries biologists, aquatic resource managers and decision-makers in developing countries who have no knowledge about GIS, and will be useful for a broad range of fishery applications. Although the manual by no means covers all the possibilities of GIS, it touches upon some of the most important features for fisheries management and planning. Software and system requirements: This technical manual was written for use with ESRI's ArcView 3.x and Spatial Analyst software which are not provided (for purchasing this software and for details on system requirements see ). The two CD-ROMS included at the back of the present manual contain spatial data for exercises.

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Publication date

18th May 2004


Gertjan De Graaf

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Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


182 pages


Geographical information systems (GIS) & remote sensing



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