Project Title: Mapping of Commercial Hook and Line Fishing Effort Relative to Deep Coral Ecosystems in the South Atlantic Bight
Goal or Purpose

To create GIS maps of commercial fishing effort for southeastern U.S. fisheries overlaid on top of baseline maps of deep-sea coral habitat to visually depict areas of habitat concern that are likely to be impacted by fishing effort.

Anticipated Management Application(s)  None Defined
Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2010 @ $31,040

 
Region(s):
  • South Atlantic Council
Location(s):
  •  None Defined.
Lophelia coral community, with associated species, off Jacksonville at 200 meter depth. Credit: NOAA
Project Type:
  • Mapping Fishing Intensity
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NMFS SEFSC
Team Members:
  •  None Defined.
Project Title: Mapping of Commercial Hook and Line Fishing Effort Relative to Deep Coral Ecosystems in the South Atlantic Bight
Methods/Approach

Baseline maps of habitat types in the South Atlantic Bight were created from all available sources of habitat data, including deep-sea coral habitats. Relevant commercial fisheries databases housed at the SEFSC in Miami, FL (approximately 500,000 records since 1992) will be mined for relevant fishing effort data, including Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) tracks. GIS layers of commercial VMS tracks will be overlaid on base layers of habitat type to display potential overlap.

Project Results and Management Outcomes

Final products will include maps of recreational and commercial hook and line fishing effort and their proximity to critical deep-sea coral habitat.

Project Title: Mapping of Commercial Hook and Line Fishing Effort Relative to Deep Coral Ecosystems in the South Atlantic Bight
Internal References:
  •  None Defined
 
Backlinks:
  •  None Defined

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Lophelia coral community, with associated species, off Jacksonville at 200 meter depth. Credit: NOAA