Prioritization of satellite-derived potential fishery grounds: an analytical hierarchical approach-based model using spatial and non-spatial data

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Forecast of potential fishing grounds can save considerable amounts of fuel and time involved in marine fishing operations, making the operation more profitable. This study investigates the prospects of using a decision support system for forecasting potential fishery zones and prioritizing them according to profitability using multi-criteria analysis. Ocean Colour Monitor-derived chlorophyll concentration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer-derived sea surface temperature maps were integrated to demarcate the potential fishery zones (PFZs). QuickSCAT (NASA) scatterometer wind data obtained from the global 25 km × 25 km gridded dataset were used for updating the locations of PFZ features. An analytical hierarchy process-based prioritization model, which considers different parameters favouring a targeted species, distance to the zone and historical catch per unit effort as the major decision-making parameters, was used to rank the zones based on feasibility. A software package was developed incorporating the above-mentioned functionalities for automatic data processing and PFZ map generation.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre (ISRO), Kharagpur, India 2: Indian Space Research Organisation Head Quarters, Bangalore, India 3: Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, IIT, Kharagpur, India

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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