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Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture Using Remotely-Sensed Imagery - The SAFARI Project

Marie-Hélène Forget(1), Trevor Platt(2), Shubha Sathyendranath(3), Venetia Stuart(2), Lisa Delaney(2)

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The principal objective of the SAFARI (Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remotely-Sensed Imagery) initiative is to coordinate, at the international level, applications of remotely-sensed Earth Observation data to the societal benefit areas of fisheries and aquaculture. Applications of remote sensing to fisheries include its use in i) fish stock assessment, where earth observation data is instrumental in the understanding of the effect of seasonal and inter-annual variability of the phytoplankton community to stock growth and recruitment, ii) in fisheries harvesting by identification, for example, of potential fishing zones, and iii) more generally in fisheries management, where the concept of the ecosystem-based approach is now universally accepted and introduced in the regional management of fisheries. Remotely-sensed Earth observation data are also useful in fisheries management for monitoring water quality and Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in coastal waters, helping with the protection of endangered species and creation of marine protected areas. To achieve its main objective, the SAFARI initiative endeavours to reach all levels of participants engaged in global fisheries research and management, including policy makers, research scientists, government managers, and those involved in the fishing industries. SAFARI activities include organization of international workshops and symposia as a platform to discuss current research in Earth observation and fisheries management, information sessions aimed at the fisheries industry, government officials and resource managers, representation at policy meetings, and producing publications relevant to the activities. Researchers from more than 15 countries including India, Japan, Sri Lanka, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Canada, USA, Australia, New Caledonia, Peru, Argentina, Columbia and South Africa, are part of the SAFARI network, have attended workshops organized by SAFARI and contributed to a monograph on the topic to be published by the IOCCG (International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group). Moreover, collaboration with other international networks, such as ChloroGIN (Chlorophyll Global Integrated Network) will facilitate the expansion of SAFARI worldwide. This community white paper, relevant to theme three of the conference, provides a portrait of the current and potential benefits of remotely-sensed data to society, and more specifically to management of fisheries and aquaculture at the global scale.

1Dalhousie University, Oceanography Department, 1355 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J1, Canada
2Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, The Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 3DH, UK,
3IOCCG (International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group) secretariat, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1 Challenger Drive, Dartmouth NS, B2Y 4A2, Canada

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This paper shall be cited as:

Forget, M., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Stuart, V. and Delaney, L., (2010). "Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture Using Remotely-Sensed Imagery - The SAFARI Project " in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.30

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