Map Intelligence to meet the challenges of tracking and reporting on fisheries activity in Commonwealth waters

 

“We can now enjoy a return on our investment in this resource we couldn’t have imagined before.”

John Garvey, Senior Data Analyst, AFMA

 

AFMA

Challenge

- Fisheries managers depend on specialists in AFMA's geospatial and business intelligence unit to create static map-based screenshots.

MI Solution

- Enables easy transition between spatial, graphical, and tabular representation.

- Enables filters to be changed in any of these representations.

- Provides the ability to export information as an Excel spreadsheet.

 

Result

- Fisheries managers can quickly create dynamic map-based reports without needing to rely on specialist programmers.

-Highly intuitive, the Map Intelligence Solution provides an easy-to-navigate environment for data exploration and decision making.

 

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has implemented Map Intelligence to meet the challenges of tracking and reporting on fisheries activity in Commonwealth waters.

 

AFMA manages more than 20 Australian fisheries, including deep water finfish and tuna species and Australian fishing on the high seas. AFMA also works with several government bodies to ensure compliance with international fishing agreements as well as administering an illegal foreign fishing program.

 

AFMA has been collecting Commonwealth fisheries data for more than two decades. The Authority uses the ESRI ARCIMS mapping system, Hyperion Business Intelligence and Oracle databases, as well as a variety of Excel spreadsheets to gather and store information collated from sources such asobserver and research data, logbooks and catch disposal records.

 

Now, using Map Intelligence, fisheries managers can transform these disparate flat files, maps and dashboards into dynamic web-based mapping applications – without the need for sophisticated geospatial programming skills.

 

Managers use the Map Intelligence Dashboard component to create a series of applications, while the end user simply opens a report in a browser.

 

AFMA Senior Data Analyst, John Garvey said that the Map Intelligence interface was highly intuitive.

 

“A fisheries manager can now click on a map to reveal total catch by species or by fishery, for example to compare Pelagic against Trawl Fisheries, across one week or years,” Mr Garvey said.

 

“Previously we would need to ask our geospatial and business intelligence unit to create and send us screenshots showing the various activities on a map. Our managers can now do their own highly visual reports without needing to rely on specialist programmers.”

 

The Map Intelligence production system was introduced in March 2006 with a pilot dataset for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery. The system will be phased in across other datasets and applications over an 18-month period for use by more than 100 staff.

“Map Intelligence provides an easy-to-navigate environment for data exploration and decision making,” Mr Garvey explained. “It makes it easy to transition between spatial, graphical, and tabular representation, and enables filters to be changed in any of these representations. We store a lot of data in Excel spreadsheets. Map Intelligence has an Excel capability which means we can now enjoy a return on our investment in this resource that we couldn’t have imagined before.”


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