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On the estimation of marine resource distribution of Timor-Leste by data fitting

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Tracking fishing activities is a measure to understand the distribution of marine biology, the abundance of resources, and the living conditions of fishers. This research uses experiences from the voyage data recorder (VDR) project of Taiwan to map the distribution of marine resources of Timor-Leste, an island at the southern end of Maritime Southeast Asia. Like many tropical islands, it should have an abundance of marine resources to feed its people and should be researched. Small scale fishing activities of Timor-Leste is collected by the Pelagic Data System (PDS) system. By correlating the written logbooks of catches, we can make the best matches to the PDS and map the distribution of resources. Currently, the activities of approximately 350 fishing boats are observed. Since the total number of fishing vessels is much larger than this number, by understanding the distribution of known fishing vessels, the results in this research can then be used to approximate the total marine resource of Timor-Leste more accurately.
On the estimation of marine resource distribution
of Timor-Leste by data fitting
Han-Yi Chiou1, Rey-Hsing Hu1, Wei-Siang Hong1, Alexander Tilley2,
William W.-Y. Hsu1,3
1. Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan
2. WorldFish (Malaysia), Penang, Malaysia
3. Department of Environmental Biology and Fisheries Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan
Tracking fishing activities is a measure to understand the distribution of marine biology, the
abundance of resources, and the living conditions of fishers. This research uses experiences
from the voyage data recorder (VDR) project of Taiwan to map the distribution of marine
resources of Timor-Leste, an island at the southern end of Maritime Southeast Asia. Like
many tropical islands, it should have an abundance of marine resources to feed its people
and should be researched. Small scale fishing activities of Timor-Leste is collected by the
Pelagic Data System (PDS) system. By correlating the written logbooks of catches, we can
make the best matches to the PDS and map the distribution of resources. Currently, the
activities of approximately 350 fishing boats are observed. Since the total number of fishing
vessels is much larger than this number, by understanding the distribution of known fishing
vessels, the results in this research can then be used to approximate the total marine
resource of Timor-Leste more accurately.
Keywords: Big data, Small scale fisheries, Resource distribution, Data Visualization
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