|Four manuals produced at FIMA are highly recommended to the readers for self-training|
||Meaden, G.J.; Kapetsky, J.M. 1991. Geographical information systems and remote sensing in inland fisheries and aquaculture. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 318. Rome, FAO. 1991. 262p.
G. de Graaf, F.J.B. Marttin, J. Aguilar-Manjarrez & J. Jenness. 2003. Geographic Information Systems in fisheries management and planning. Technical manual, FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. 449. Rome. 162p.
Jenness, J.; Dooley, J.; Aguilar-Manjarrez, J.; Riva, C. 2007. African Water Resource Database. GIS-based tools for inland aquatic resource management. 1. Concepts and application case studies CIFA Technical Paper. No. 33, Part 1. Rome, FAO. 167p.
The African Water Resource Database (AWRD) is a set of data and custom-designed tools, combined in a geographic information system (GIS) analytical framework aimed at facilitating responsible inland aquatic resource management with a specific focus on inland fisheries and aquaculture. It thus provides a valuable instrument to promote food security.
The AWRD was designed based on recommendations of the Committee on Inland Fisheries for Africa (CIFA) and is both an expansion and an update of an earlier project led by the Aquatic Resource Management for Local Community Development Programme (ALCOM) entitled the "Southern African Development Community Water Resource Database" (SADC-WRD).
CIFA Technical Paper. No. 33, Part 1 describes the AWRD and is presented into two main sections.The first presents a general overview and is addressed to administrators and managers while the second is written for professionals in technical fields.
It is anticipated that the AWRD will find broad applications within both inland fisheries and integrated natural resources management by providing managers with tools and data to assess potential impacts of various management alternatives. Some of the specific applications and benefits from the use of the AWRD are illustrated in this publication in the form of six case studies:
1. Surface waterbodies inventory;
2. Inventory of fisheries habitats and fisheries productivities;
3. Predicting potential fish yield;
4. Preliminary hydrological reporting;
5. Invasive and introduced aquatic species; and
6. Production of simple map graphical outputs and base mapping.
Summary of the African Water Resource Database in poster format
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Jenness, J.; Dooley, J.; Aguilar-Manjarrez, J.; Riva, C. 2007. African Water Resource Database. GIS-based tools for inland aquatic resource management. 2. Technical manual and workbook. CIFA Technical Paper. No. 33, Part 2. Rome, FAO. 308 p.
The publication is a "how to" supplement and includes a technical manual for spatial analysts and a workbook for university students and teachers.
The primary AWRD interface, toolsets and data integral to the function of the AWRD are distributed in two DVDs accompanying part 2 of this publication and are also available for download from FAO's GeoNetwork and GISFish GIS portals: GIS Data and GIS Tools
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|Title||Geographical information systems and remote sensing in inland fisheries and aquaculture.|
|Author||Meaden, G.J.; Kapetsky, J.M.|
|Abstract / Description||The rapidly rising world population is causing both a pressure on land and water space and the need to greatly increase food output. A realistic and practicable way of supplying more food protein is to increase fish production through the extension of aquaculture and inland fisheries. Since production sites for these activities need to satisfy fairly complex location criteria, it is important that suitable areas are identified and preferably designated in advance. The location criteria which control aquaculture and inland fisheries are identified and described. These mainly consist of physical and economic considerations though social factors may be important. It is necessary to obtain data to allow for its mapping. The various alternatives for assembling this data are described. Two fields of applied science and technology have recently emerged which, when used in combination, can greatly assist in the spatial decision-making process. The fundamentals of the first of these, remote sensing, are described giving particular emphasis to the commercial, high resolution environmental satellites and the sensing devices which they carry. The manner in which the aerial photographic and digital images which are produced can be processed and applied to the search for optimum fish production locations is described, and then indications are given as to where and how remotely sensed data can best be procured. Once the various types of locational data are assembled, the necessary maps on which location decisions are made can be drawn up. This task can be greatly expedited by using the second applied science and technology field, that of “geographical information systems”. This emerging methodology relies on the increasing power of the computer to process vast amounts of spatially referenced and encoded data in such a way as to produce any desired maps, tabular or textual output, using a large array of ways to manipulate the data. The required computer hardware and software are reviewed, including examples where appropriate, and we show the considerations which are necessary in setting up a geographical information system for the development and management of aquaculture and inland fisheries. We conclude by giving an divergent selection of relevant case studies.|
|Publisher||FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 318.|
|Publication Location||Rome, Italy|
|Keywords|| AQUACULTURE; INLAND FISHERIES|
|Spatial Tool|| GIS|
|Species Common Name|
|Species Scientific Name|
|Organism Division (FAO ISSCAAP)|| Freshwater fishes|
|Culture System|| Ponds|
|Water System|| Ponds|
|Main Environment|| Inland|
|Main Issue Addressed|| Promotion|
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