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NASO aquaculture maps collection

Rapid access to a broad spectrum of information and fast communication of ideas and data via the Internet are important stimuli to further development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for aquaculture, a few countries have already taken the initiative of creating  their own inventories of aquaculture at a farm level using GIS.

Examples identified by NASO map program coordinators are presented below and users are encouraged to report of similar initiatives in other countries for inclusion in this Web page (see Contact).


The Aquaculture Public Register provides a visual display of aquaculture lease and licence sites allowing you to select a site and gain information relating to the associated lease or licence site.


EAPGRI - Local plans for mariculture development in Santa Catarina, Brazil


MASMP - Marine aquaculture site mapping program

Nova Scotia
Aquaculture site mapping tool

Prince Edward Island
Information system for aquaculture leasing


sinoAkvaVis - Decision support system for spatial planning of mariculture specially adapted for the Liaoning Province, China.


An interesting example on the use of GIS, Remote Sensing and the Internet for assessing health management of shrimp aquaculture is an alert system to monitor shrimp health in the Gulf of Guayaquil.


SISAQUA - decision support system for spatial planning of mariculture specially adapted for the Basse Normandy region

(demonstration stage)


ACUASESOR. Aquaculture information portal. This tool provides an overview of aquaculture at the national level of the main aquaculture species as well as procedures and government support for this activity. The Web sites is a step-by-step guide for requesting licensing permits for aquaculture ventures.


AkvaVis - decision support system for spatial planning of mariculture designed for the Hardangerfjord fjord.

(Demonstration stage)

Directorate of Fisheries Information system for mariculture in Norway


The Department of Aquaculture at the Ministry of Production in Peru has created an online mapping system to inventory and zone aquaculture.


The The Aquaculture Information Management System (AIMS) in Thailand aims is to improve sustainability and livelihood security of aquaculture stakeholders, improve the quality and traceability of aquaculture products, health assurance to consumers, and trade with aquaculture products.

United Kingdom

Scotland's Aquaculture. This Web site is designed to give a single point of access to aquaculture information held by the main regulators of the Scottish aquaculture industry.

United States of America

This Web site contains resources to help shellfish aquaculture growers and managers make better decisions regarding the siting of aquaculture activity in coastal waters. The compilation includes state-by-state information such as permit types, permitting guidance documents, permitting flow-charts, and regulations. In addition, a variety of predictive modeling tools have been developed to assess the individual and cumulative effects of shellfish aquaculture farms on the environment.