Accession Number : ADP003120

Title :   The Use of Satellite Observations of the Ocean Surface in Commercial Fishing Operations,

Corporate Author : JET PROPULSION LAB PASADENA CA

Personal Author(s) : Montgomery,D. R.

Report Date : OCT 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : Commercial fishermen are interested in the safety of their crews, boats, and gear, and in making the best catch for their time and money. Rising fuel costs, increased competition from foreign fisheries, improved knowledge about fish habits and the new 200-mile economic zone have all had an impact on the U.S. fishing industry. As a consequence, the modern fisherman, more than ever, requires reliable and timely information about the marine environment. This paper describes an experimental program to utilize satellite observations of the ocean surface, in conjunction with conventional observations and products, to prepare special Fisheries-Aids charts for daily radio-facsimile broadcasts to commercial fishermen. These special fisheries products aggregate a broad set of ocean observations, including ocean color structure, to depict oceanographic conditions of importance to commercial fishing tactics. Results to dat have shown that improved safety at sea and decreased fuel costs can be achieved through the applied use of these special fisheries charts. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Scientific satellites, *Observation, *Ocean surface, *Commercial fishing, Colors, Forecasting, Ocean environments, Fisheries, Charts

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE