SAFMC Habitat and Ecosystem ATLAS

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) has worked closely with SAFMC staff to compile, maintain, and distribute GIS data, imagery, and documents relevant to ecosystem management in their jurisdiction. Over the last few years, the Council has incorporated ArcGIS for Server to enhance their web mapping applications. The new SAFMC Habitat and Ecosystem Atlas is a comprehensive site designed to replicate the data and tools of the long standing Internet Map Server (IMS). The new Atlas will allow users to view a variety of map services supporting fishery management issues in one viewer:

  • Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) – displays EFH and EFH-HAPCS for SAFMC managed species and NOAA Fisheries Highly Migratory Species
  • Fisheries - displays Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, and Prediction (MARMAP) and Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program-South Atlantic (SEAMAP-SA) data
  • Managed Areas- displays a variety of regulatory boundaries (SAFMC and Federal) or management boundaries within SAFMC’s jurisdiction
  • Habitat – displays habitat data collected by SEADESC, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) and Ocean Exploration dives, as well as the SEAMAP shallow and ESDIM deepwater bottom mapping projects,and scientific cruise data
  • Multibeam Bathymetry - displays a variety of multibeam data sources and scanned bathymetry charts
  • Nautical Charts – displays coastal, general, and overview nautical charts for the SAFMC’s jurisdictional area

The SAFMC Habitat and Ecosystem Viewer also includes options to view map services hosted by the NOAA Coastal Services Center:

  • South Carolina Wind Energy - displays many of the data layers being used by the South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force in their decision making process.
  • Estuarine Bathymetry – displays bathymetry and shaded relief rasters for many estuaries of the South Atlantic Bight