Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Science & Environmental Policy


his project uses a geo-spatial GIS (Geographic Information System) technique to show the value of using GIS as an effective data display tool for fishery management. The geo-spatial technique visually presents sablefish, (Anoplopoma fimbria), fishery data for the California Central Coast in an animated movie. The focus of this project is to be able to identify one spatial pattern change between catch and sea surface temperature anomalies (SSTA) from El Nino using this technique. The statistical results show a strong correlation between sea surface temperature anomalies and catch (r-value 0.90 and r-square 0.81). Results as viewed in the sablefish animation show obvious sea surface temperature anomalies and catch correlations. The use of this GIS technique is applicable and effective for fishery management decisions.


Capstone Project (B.S.) Earth Systems Science & Policy Institute

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