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Development of a GIS-Based Tool for Aquaculture Siting

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2440 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 200 W. Kāwili St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2440 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125, USA
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(2), 800-816;
Received: 1 October 2013 / Revised: 15 May 2014 / Accepted: 26 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coastal GIS)
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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. 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquaculture; coastal; GIS; Hawaiʻi; marine spatial planning; scale aquaculture; coastal; GIS; Hawaiʻi; marine spatial planning; scale

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Puniwai, N.; Canale, L.; Haws, M.; Potemra, J.; Lepczyk, C.; Gray, S. Development of a GIS-Based Tool for Aquaculture Siting. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3, 800-816.

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