Producing distribution maps for informing ecosystem-based fisheries management using a comprehensive survey database and spatio-temporal models

Gruss, A., JT Thorson, EA Babcock, and JH Tarnecki. 2017. Producing distribution maps for informing ecosystem-based fisheries management using a comprehensive survey database and spatio-temporal models.

ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx120

In this paper, authors use data regarding where REEF divers did or did not encounter three species of fisheries importance: red snapper, red grouper, and gag grouper. They then combined these data with 36 other data sets, each sampling different areas of the Gulf of Mexico, and created distribution maps for use in ecosystem models of the Gulf of Mexico. These distribution maps picked up fish hotspots that are not identifiable by any individual data set, highlighting the complementary nature of the REEF data.

Download PDF Version
Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub