Eric O. Rogers, Ph.D. and Patrick K. Simpson
Scientific Fishery Systems, Inc., P.O. Box 242065, Anchorage, Alaska, USA 99524-2065
While neither the behavior of the ocean nor the behavior of fish is
completely understood, there are several factors that are commonly recognized
as having an impact on fishing success. These factors will be examined
to identify potential contributions of satellite data. The various
sources for that data will be identified and discussed, along with the
spatial and temporal resolution, delivery format, any necessary processing
after delivery, any difficulties the application of the data,
and the advantages or disadvantages of each dataset.
To obtain maximum benefit the satellite data must be analyzed in conjunction
with all other available data in an integrated GIS
environment. SciFish has a commercial fishing GIS product Fish Trek 98 which is designed to provide captains with a variety of essential information such as bathymetry, snags, water temperature, historic catch figures, and bycatch. In addition, vessel captains can log their catch, tide, current, marks, snags, temperature, sea conditions, weather, and lunar conditions in a personalized electronic log book that is fully integrated with all other available data sources. The product is designed to run on a laptop pc integrated with a GPS for real-time analysis and positioning. This product is currently in use by commercial fishermen, and will be discussed in a separate presentation.
Funding for this project by NASA grant CAN-97-MTPE-02 "MTPE-Derived
Data Products for the Fisheries", is gratefully acknowledged.