GIS development has mainly focussed on achieving standardisation and integration of GIS layers with the FIGIS system. The status of FIGIS GIS data base development is as follows:
- Distribution area maps for 500 species were implemented in FIGIS, 280 of which correspond to FIGIS currently selected species, the others having been developed by SIDP as part of the new species catalogues (sharks, mammals, ...). During project's year 5, an additional 200 to 300 distribution maps will be developed with a focus on the FIGIS selected species.
- GIS maps for stocks and resources (tuna, shrimps, ...) are dynamically built, based on FAO statistical areas, areas of competence, and spatial management units set by regional fishery bodies (SPC, ICCAT, GFCM, Alaskan area).
- Standard maps at global and regional scales were developed for coastlines, bathymetry, continental shelf, FAO statistical areas, 5 degree square grids, Economic Exclusive Zones, regional fishery bodies mandatory areas, Large Marine Ecosystems, and country borders.
- Standard sub-national administrative boundaries are GIS layers being developed in close collaboration with the UN Task Force working on establishing these standards.
- The African Water Resource Data Base (AWRD) developed by FIMA during 2002 is now available for integration in FIGIS
- A main landing places GIS layer (fishing ports, ...) is also under continual development.