In order to satisfy the needs for Maps which are among the priority products when planning for fisheries or aquaculture management or development, the Department has intensified its efforts during the ninetees with workshops, pilot projects, case studies, and publications in order to make the best of the developing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote sensing technologies.
Currently, essentially three technical services of the Department are involved in development of mapping products based on GIS and remote sensing:
- The Aquaculture Management and Conservation Service (FIMA) for spatial issues regarding aquaculture management, development, and integration of aquaculture into other uses of lands and waters
- The Fisheries Management and Conservation Service (FIMF) for spatial issues including support in decision making on management options, inventory and location of fishery resources, modelling of fishing activities.
- Fisheries and Aquaculture Information and Statistics Service (FIES) for the application of geographic information standards, and integration or geo-referenced database in FIGIS web-based system.
Thanks to close collaboration between these technical units, as well as active involvement in FAO "spatial" corporate frameworks, six main GIS related activities are currently being carried out, namely: (a) Field projects and training, (b) Geo-referenced information systems, (c) Methodologies, technical guidelines and technical papers, (d) New technologies, (e) Seminars, and (f) Standards and guidelines.