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2009, ABPmer, COWRIE, Development of spatial information layers for commercial fishing and shellfishing in UK waters to support strategic siting of offshore windfarms

2009, ABPmer, COWRIE, Development of spatial information layers for commercial fishing and shellfishing in UK waters to support strategic siting of offshore windfarms

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Description

The aim of this study was to create a series of consistent UK-wide marine information layers relating to the distribution and economic value of commercial fishing and shellfisheries. The layers were developed using GIS software ArcGIS 9.3 and MapInfo 9.5. The final output is a series of GIS layers displaying the annual mean Fish Value for years 2004 to 2007. The layers are a UK ‘first’ and it is anticipated that they will be developed further in the future to improve the information provided, particularly for inshore areas. The layers have the flexibility to display the annual mean value per Gear Class for both Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) vessels (over 15m length) and Non-VMS vessels. The spatial information can be used to highlight areas of importance and value to the fishing industry, particularly offshore. They will also assist in informing discussions regarding the strategic planning for offshore developments, particularly R3 offshore wind as well as informing wider planning for UK’s marine waters. This series contains a written report as well as VMS & non-VMS data. 

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VMS and non-VMS data

gear type data

Report

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Final Report