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Mapping Tools for Fisheries Workshop

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A marine geographic information system (GIS) technology workshop will be held October 12th and 13th in Providence, RI, in conjunction with FISH EXPO. This event is intended for fishermen and other users of marine resources in the New England region and is being organized jointly by the MIT Sea Grant College Program and the USGS. According to Cliff Goudey at MIT, "More and more computer-based tools are coming to the market to help fishermen fish smarter. The field is growing so fast that it is hard to keep up. These two days should be useful to those who want to see how they can benefit."

Day one will include a marine GIS technology overview covering a wide range of fishing-related applications. Included in this overview is a presentation by Geoff Meaden of the Marine Fisheries GIS Unit at Canterbury Christ Church University College, England. He will review the spatial management of fisheries in an electronic age. In addition, Larry Mayer, Director for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire, will provide an update on emerging seafloor mapping technologies. The first day will also include a panel on the convergence of science and fishing expertise and will review the current role of GIS technologies in fisheries.

The second day will focus on mapping techniques and data resources, followed by modeling and predictive software in the afternoon. Included will be a presentation by Chuck Helsley of the University of Hawaii on determining suitable habitat for fish farming. Several experts will also explain how predictive models can play critical roles in managing and efficiently exploiting commercial stocks.

A detailed program is available at or by contacting Chris Polloni at USGS (email:, phone: 508-457-2280) or Cliff Goudey at MIT (email:, phone: 617-253-7079). The event is being held in conjunction with FISH EXPO/Workboat Atlantic being held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Workshop participation is free to registered EXPO attendees. For more information on the EXPO and how to register, visit the conference Web site.

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Dr. Geoff Meaden
Canterbury Christ Church University College
FISH EXPO/Workboat Atlantic
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