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In 1998, the FAO COPEMED project initiated a regional program of work focussing the utilization of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as a decision support tool for fishery management. Within this framework, a network of experts (Cf. Annex 1) was set up with the aim to create a model for the simulation of the spatial distribution of fishing effort.

Based on two models among other studies focusing on the analysis of the spatial components of the fishing effort distribution, the network conducted a study to design a global approach which has been formalised in order to develop a computerized application called "Fishing Activity Simulation Tool" (FAST).

Use the link below to access the website dedicated to the program package.

The Fishing Activity Simulation Tool, called FAST has been developed as an extension for the ESRI ArcView GIS Software (v.3.1) in combination with the Spatial Analyst v. 1.0 extension. It is based on two models focussing on the analysis of the spatial components of the fishing effort distribution.

 
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