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).
Marine spatial planning is being initiated on a regional basis in a number of areas and is being supported by State, Provincial and Federal governments. The province of New Brunswick now has a mapping system for aquaculture.
DFO, the leasing and licensing authority in the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI), has developed a mapping system for PEI
Maps of aquaculture sites in British Columbia are available here
It is imperative that the aquaculture industry be present as CMSP becomes more widespread to insure their concerns are heard and opportunities for future growth are not lost.
The Directorate of Fisheries in Norway has created an interactive and very detailed map showing the locations of all the individual farms and their attribute (in Norwegian)
The Department of Aquaculture at the Ministry of Production in Peru has created an online mapping system to inventory and zone aquaculture.
The Aquaculture Activities in the Western Cape Web site for South Africa has one of the largest sets of GIS thematic resources for that area. While it includes administrative areas, there are also data for estuaries, dams, rivers, marine coastal resources and even shellfish sites.
The Fishery Information Technology Center at the Department of Fisheries develops and maintains computer networking, GIS, management information systems, and fisheries data collection and statistics reports for end users in Thailand. Current projects are: Inventories of aquaculture and fisheries structures; Fish cage identification and inventory; Vessel Monitoring systems; Fishing gear detection; and Flood management. Outputs from the GIS analysis are displayed on the Internet using ArcIMS technology and for internal use.