Aquaculture Site Selection for Japanese Kelp (Laminaria japonica) in Southern Hokkaido, Japan, using Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS-based Models

 ICES Journal of Marine ScienceICES Journal of Marine Science, Volume 68, Issue 4, Pp. 773-780, 2011

I Nyoman Radiarta1, Sei-Ichi Saitoh1, and Hajime Yasui

“Japanese kelp (Laminaria japonica) is an important species cultured and harvested in Japan. The most suitable areas for hanging culture in southern Hokkaido were determined using geographic information system (GIS) models and a multicriteria evaluation approach. Analyses of physical parameters (sea surface temperature and suspended solid from SeaWiFS and MODIS) and available bathymetric data indicated that some 74% (1139 km2) of the total potential area with bottom depths <60 m had the two highest suitability scores. A local sensitivity analysis indicated that suspended solids were more important than temperature in affecting model output. This study demonstrates that GIS databases of different formats and sources can be used effectively to construct spatial models for kelp aquaculture.”