Justiniano-Santos, A. M., Espinoza, R., Knowles, J., Hoffman, A. M., Grasela, K.
The Cabo Rojo Project: Human use mapping and priority areas for conservation
The Nature Conservancy
"Several steps in coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) have been carried out for the waters surrounding Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The step of defining and analyzing existing conditions and how the information related to human uses, human pressures, biological habitats and ecological areas was mapped and their corresponding description is described. Unlike datasets related to the physical and biological information, coastal and marine human use information is less common as mapped data. This information is a critical piece to the decision making process thus mapping related information needs to be accomplished in some way. n Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, the relevant stakeholders and resource users where inventoried and asked to participate in mapping and ensuring existing spatial information was correct. This included engaging the fishing community, mapping areas of biological and ecological relevance, visualizing non-motorized and motorized tourism and recreation features and confirming accurate transportation representation. A majority of information related to biological and ecological relevant features and some of the transportation data was already in a geographic information system (GIS). However, all the information related to fishing, tourism and recreation was not in a GIS. Pulling this information into a GIS allows for it to be visualized and analyzed for the purpose of CMSP."
FY2009 CRCP Project 20411; Project Title: Partnership Agreement with The Nature Conservancy; Principal Investigator: Jenny Waddell ~ FY09 CRCP grant NA09NOS4190173
NOS/Office for Coastal Management (OCM)