Current status, issues and applications of GIS to inland fisheries

Edited by: Geoffery J. Meaden and José Aguilar-Manjarrez



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).

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Current status, issues and applications of GIS to inland fisheries
Series number T552
Chapter 9
ISBN 9789251073919
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Food and Agriculture Organizaiton of the United Nations
Publisher location Rome, Italy
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Organization Series
Larger Work Title Advances in geographic information systems and remote sensing for fisheries and aquaculture: Summary version (FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper 552)
First page 59
Last page 64