New spatial data assessment to assist the future management of Tasmanian Waters

23rd April 2021

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.  

The this report can be found on our publications page  or on the IMAS website under the heading ‘Salmon’.

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Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge the palawa/pakana and Gadigal/Wangal people, the traditional custodians of the land and sea upon which we live and work, and their enduring cultures and knowledge of our oceans and coasts.

We recognise that decisions and practices affecting the future of Indigenous education and research are vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and livelihood of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to shaping the Australian society in which we live.
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