Spatial data describes any geo-referenced data that contains information about its specific location, this can include environmental conditions (e.g. seabed type), human activities (e.g. recreational and commercial fishing) and socio-economic values.
As such spatial data can be used to create decision-support tools that can assist planning for and assessment of primary industries operating in the marine environment. Following a pilot study in 2019 the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) was commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) to review the availability of spatial data in Tasmanian marine waters for eventual use in marine management.
In our recent report by Nicholson et al. (2020) we provide an overview of this collation of spatial datasets in Tasmanian marine waters, identify gaps in the distribution and types of data available and discuss the use of spatial data for decision-support tools.