Friday, January 26, 2007

NOAA NMFS Strategic Plan

NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) has provided its Draft Strategic Plan for Fisheries Research (1.9MB PDF), for public comment. NMFS seems to be expanding its use of GIS ... with efforts that 'include mapping, spatial analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and fishery and ocean habitat modeling and characterization, as well as an evaluation of ecosystem approaches to focus on spatially-explicit models and further research into food web relationships', and amongst other things intends to '[establish] GIS databases to document and track habitat changes'. (Thanks Eric Linzey).

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