SMAST Fisheries: the SMAST Decision Support System for Fisheries Science
A necessary component of moving forward in fishery management is the development of sets of calibrated and scale-matched measurements of fish stocks and the ocean environment that can be used to substantially improve the assessment of fish abundance, to develop a suite of ocean observations that are relevant to the recruitment and adult fish distribution, and to develop a means to inter-calibrate the abundance of fish with the ocean environment.
The flow chart in Figure 1, above, describes a framework
for a decision support system forfisheries management. (Rothschild,
B.J., J.S. Ault
1996. Chapter 9: A system science approach to fisheries stock assessment
and management. In Stock Assessment: Quantitative Methods and Applications
for Small-Scale Fisheries. Edited by V. F. Galluci, S. B. Saila, D. J.
Gustafson and B.J. Rothschild. CRC Press Inc. pp 473 – 492.)
The outcomes of these four programs are manifest in enhanced decision support and the impacts are projected to result significantly in social and economic benefits in the national application of environmental indicators for coastal management. We are presently placing the programs in the NASA specified format.
The flow chart below (Figure 2) depicts the SMAST decision support system for fisheriesscience.
Areas of collaboration between SMAST and the University of Alaska Fairbanks:
Note: Partnering UAF Project is: Sea-Air-Land Modeling and Observing Network (SALMON) , PI Dave Musgrave