CoastWatch/OceanWatch satellite data and products support monitoring and forecasting applications as well as research studies across multiple disciplines including fisheries, ecology, and biological, chemical and physical oceanography.

The below posts highlight projects that use CoastWatch/OceanWatch data and products.

EcoCast: A tool to help fishers minimize bycatch off the US West Coast

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  The EcoCast tool uses habitat suitability models and satellite-derived environmental data to predict where broadbill swoardfish and three bycatch species (leatherback turtle, blue shark and California sea lion) are likely to be each day. Daily EcoCast maps help fishers identify fishing spots minimize fisheries bycatch and maximize fisheries target catch.

 

Identifying Climate-Driven Shifts in Jumbo Flying Squid Fishing Grounds

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  The jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as the Humbolt squid, is an economically important fisheries species in the Eastern Pacific, currently accounting for approximately one third of the world's squid landings. Sea surface temperature and sea surface height data from NOAA OceanWatch Central Pacific node was used to research movements of their fishing ground.