FaCeT builds on decades of collective fisheries and oceanographic research expertise of our research team, leverages results and products from previously funded NASA EcoForecasting and EPSCoR projects, as well as analyses and deliverables from NOAA-supported Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) projects.
EcoCast is a decision-support tool developed with and delivered to fishermen and fisheries managers in the U.S. West Coast swordfish fishery. EcoCast integrates telemetry, fisheries data and remotely-sensed oceanographic data to create dynamic species distribution models that, once validated, are delivered to end users via an automated workflow. These daily predictive maps deliver high-resolution information (at least 0.25 degrees) that informs fishermen where to direct fishing effort to maximize the probability of encounters with the target species (swordfish) and minimize the probability of encounter with protected species.
The Fisheries and Climate Data Dashboard is a tool in development that is designed to provide easy access to climate data to help understand changes in the ecosystem. The footprint for data accessible through this tool is the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (NES LME). The dashboard further subset the data into sub-regions that align with the Ecological Production Units for the NE U.S. Continental Shelf. The include: The Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, Scotian Shelf, and Mid-Atlantic Bight. For each subset, the data have been aggregated and averaged over all grid points within the area.