Development of a GIS-Based Tool for Aquaculture Siting

isprsISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 2014, 3(2), 800-816

By Noelani Puniwai, Lisa Canale, Maria Haws, James Potemra, Christopher Lepczyk, and Steven Gray

“Nearshore aquaculture siting requires the integration of a range of physical, environmental, and social factors. As a result, the information demand often presents coastal managers with a range of complex issues regarding where specific types of aquaculture should be ideally located that reduce environmental and social impacts. Here we provide a framework and tool for managers faced with these issues that incorporate physical and biological parameters along with geospatial infrastructure.

Summary of attributes for selected hexagons with legend and layer options visible on the right.

Summary of attributes for selected hexagons with legend and layer options visible on right.

“In addition, the development of the tool and underlying data included was undertaken with careful input and consideration of local population concerns and cultural practices. Using Hawaiʻi as a model system, we discuss the various considerations that were integrated into an end-user tool for aquaculture siting.”

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