Web-based geo-referenced systems
With the advent of the systematic application of geographic information standards and within the framework of the Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS), all fishery databases are becoming increasingly geo-referenced, thus enabling mapping of global fishery indicators.
Geo-referenced information systems
For this purpose, the Department constantly enriches its GIS global database: it develops its specialized fisheries GIS layers (species distribution maps, regional fishery bodies competence areas, fishing statistical areas) or integrates external sources (open source standard layers such as coastline, bathymetry, Large Marine Ecosystems, EEZs), or collaborates with other FAO units within the overall framework of UN Geographic Information Working Group on GIS layers of common interest to fisheries and agriculture (countries, sub-national administrative units, watersheds, rivers and lakes, etc.).
To date, three dynamic mapping applications built on KIDS (Key Indicator Data System developed by FAO) core GIS software are disseminated through the FIGIS platform:
Others are in development:
Standards and guidelines
The standard GIS framework is currently being extended with the national sub-administrative levels boundaries (Global Administrative Unit Layers or GAUL), a FAO GIS corporate product. Considering the experience gained by FIisheries and Aquaculture Department (FI) it will continue to provide the know-how and infrastructure to develop new mapping applications. The FI framework should continue to play an important role to: