EcoGIS: GIS tools for ecosystem approaches to management
About EcoGIS
Project Plan/Timeline
Ecosystem Approaches to Management

Steering Committee


GIS Data
Ecosystem GIS projects

Related Efforts



A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a key element in the development of place-based ecosystem approaches to fisheries management. In order to evaluate species interactions, habitat associations, bycatch issues, and activities in non-fishing sectors, fishery managers rely on tools that can handle these multiple dimensions in a geographically explicit framework. Furthermore, GIS software allows for visual representation of important ecosystem attributes in map form, which is necessary for effective public communication and decision-making.

Ecosystem Pilot Projects have been implemented by the New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils in conjunction with numerous state and federal agencies as well as the public, fishing industry groups and NGOs. As a component of these pilot projects, the EcoGIS project brings NMFS, NOS, and the Councils together to build on existing regional GIS capabilities and more fully develop GIS tools for managing and researching marine fishery ecosystems.

In its initial pilot phase, the EcoGIS project focused on priority fishery management and science issues in U.S. North and South Atlantic waters. The project team developed prototype mapping and analysis tools, and researched the roles of GIS and geospatial data management in an ecosystem approach to management.

Please see our Milestone Report for the history of the project, a description of GIS tool development efforts, and recommendations for future work.

What's New?

EcoGIS Milestone Report, May 2009


EcoGIS presentation, May 2005

EcoGIS Workshop Summary, 2004

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