COWRIE is pleased to announce the publication of a new report on the development of spatial information layers for commercial fishing and shellfishing in UK waters to support strategic siting of offshore windfarms, produced by ABPmer.
The aim of the 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 - 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.