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Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation

Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation

GIS was used extensively in developing Alternative 5b of the Essential Fish Habitat EIS which resulted in the creation of the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area and other protection measures for fish and corals. NMFS staff used GIS for spatial aggregating of fish catch and analysis of differences between NMFS and industry trawl track data due to spatial and temporal resolution. GIS was also a critical communication and visualization tool used in the interactive process of hammering out an agreement between NMFS, the industry, and NGOs, and for assessing the socioeconomic impact of new regulations.

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