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An Eco-Informatic Tool for Sustainable Fisheries

What is EcoCast?

EcoCast is a real-time data tool to help fishers and managers allocate fishing effort to optimize the harvest of target fish while minimizing bycatch of protected species.

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Finding a good place to fish

The EcoCast Map product combines the predicted distributions of target catch species and bycatch species into a single map that suggests better and poorer locations to fish off the US West Coast.

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Scenario analysis

EcoCast Explorer tool gives users an opportunity to explore how species are responding to changing ocean conditions, and how that can influence the EcoCast Map product. Users are able to generate predictive maps for specific dates and species, and can change the species weightings.

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