Publication Date

2011-05-09

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2011-05-09

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Marine Affairs and Policy (Marine)

Date of Defense

2011-04-15

First Committee Member

Maria Estevanez

Second Committee Member

Liana Talaue-McManus

Third Committee Member

Manoj Shivlani

Abstract

The spatial characterization of Puerto Rican commercial fisheries describing fishing gear use in relation to habitat classes and bathymetry ranges was achieved through the collection and analysis of spatial fisheries data. An extensive field data gathering session was conducted in the entire Puerto Rican territory during the summer months of 2009, from June to October. The field data was digitized and analyzed using geographic information systems (GIS) and computer spreadsheet software, and gear usage charts and graphs, fishing grounds maps, and fishing intensity maps were produced for four gear categories: line, net, dive, and trap gears. Patterns and evidence of likely relationships linking gear usage and benthic habitat, and between gear utilization and water depth ranges, were presented. The importance of the spatial characterization of the commercial fishery for Puerto Rican fisheries management, and other recommendations were given within the concluding chapter.

Keywords

spatial characterization; small-scale fisheries; Puerto Rico; geographic information systems; fishing gear usage

Share

COinS