Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP)


      The NOAA National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research together support national aquaculture policies and coastal economies by enabling safe, sustainable domestic seafood production.
The NOAA National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research together support national aquaculture policies and coastal economies by enabling safe, sustainable domestic seafood production.

A Toolbox for Sustainable Aquaculture Coastal Planning and Siting

The Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP) is a toolbox of coastal planning tools designed to assist managers, planners, and industry with sustainable aquaculture development. This toolbox was developed in partnership with Digital Coast, a product of the NOAA National Ocean Service Office of Coastal Management.

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CanVis

Visualize seascape from various types of coastal development using your photographs and the CanVis library.

Aquaculture application:
Use the aquaculture library to create visions by adding to your seascape aquaculture.

Contributing Partners: NOAA OCM, NOAA NCCOS, USDA National Agroforestry Center

Climate Wizard

Use state-of-the-art climate models and statistical analysis to explore how climate scenarios may effect aquaculture.

Aquaculture application:
Explore how climate scenarios may affect the aquaculture industry and the community.

Contributing Partners: TNC



CMECS Crosswalk Tool

Translates existing benthic habitat data sets to the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS).

Aquaculture application:
Classifies benthic habitat to assist with aquaculture siting.

Contributing Partners: NOAA OCM

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Create a map of potential ecological, social, and economic impacts from rising seas and changing climate.

Aquaculture application:
Assess coastal change and effects on coastal aquaculture in the present and future.

Contributing Partners: USGS



Coastal County Snapshots

Turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.

Aquaculture application:
Map a coastal county’s dependence on ocean and wetlands for a healthy economy to assess potential for aquaculture siting.

Contributing Partners: NOAA OCM

Coastal Resilience Mapping Portal

Create a map of potential ecological, social, and economic impacts from rising seas and changing climate.

Aquaculture application:
Map aquaculture coastal planning efforts and evaluate resiliency options.

Contributing Partners: ASFPM, Natural Capital Project, TNC, NOAA OCM, USGS, UCSC, USM



Digital Shoreline Analysis System

Computes the rate of shoreline change using multiple historical shoreline positions.

Aquaculture application:
Assess the effects of moving shorelines on aquaculture siting.

Contributing Partners: USGS

Electronic Navigational Chart Handler

Simplifies the use of electronic navigational charts.

Aquaculture application:
Use NOAAs nautical charts to assist in aquaculture siting.

Contributing Partners: NOAA OCM



ENOW Explorer

Helps users obtain and compare various ocean and Great Lakes economic data sets.

Aquaculture application:
Provides a quick summary of your ocean economy and the possible impact of aquaculture on economic value of ocean regions.

Contributing Partners: NOAA OCM

Environmental Studies Program Information System

Provides documents related to this program through text or map based queries.

Aquaculture application:
Search for studies related to aquaculture.

Contributing Partners: BOEM, NOAA OCM



Essential Fish Habitat Mapper

Display essential fish habitat boundaries and associated areas protected from fishing.

Aquaculture application:
Identify potential species interactions with aquaculture siting.

Contributing Partners: NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation

Estuary Data Mapper

View, retrieve, and analyze a wide range of estuarine data from multiple sources.

Aquaculture application:
Map water quality and interactions with aquaculture.

Contributing Partners: EPA



Habitat Priority Planner

Identify priority locations for conservation, restoration, and planning (extension to ArcGIS with Spatial Analyst).

Aquaculture application:
Identify possible habitat interactions with aquaculture siting.

Contributing Partners: NOAA OCM

Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST)

Allows decision-makers to map and value goods and services from nature.

Aquaculture application:
Enables decision makers to assess the trade-offs associated with alternative choices and identify areas where investment in natural capital (Aquaculture) can enhance human development and conservation in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.

Contributing Partners: Natural Capital Project



Maptite

Identifies suitable locations for planting native marsh grasses during coastal wetland restoration.

Aquaculture application:
Identifies areas where shellfish aquaculture siting may interact with wetland restoration.

Contributing Partners: NOAA CO-OPS

MarineCadastre.gov National Viewer

Supplies baseline ocean planning information.

Aquaculture application:
Download and visualize various type of coastal planning data including spatial data for the Nation’s aquaculture industry (search for the “aquaculture” layer).

Contributing Partners: BOEM, NOAA OCM



Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools

A collection of over 250 geoprocessing tools.

Aquaculture application:
Coastal planning and siting of aquaculture at local and regional scales.

Contributing Partners: Duke University

Marxan with Zones

Supports conservation planning design and evaluation.

Aquaculture application:
Consider possible zones or aquaculture areas when planning coastal aquaculture.

Contributing Partners: University of Queensland Australia



NatureServe Vista

Helps assess proposed conservation projects by integrating conservation data with land use and resource management information.

Aquaculture application:
Integrates conservation and land use information with aquaculture siting.

Contributing Partners: NatureServe

Ocean Law Search

Constitutes a database of environmental and historic preservation statutes and other information on the protection of underwater cultural heritage on the outer continental shelf.

Aquaculture application:
Search current laws associated with aquaculture.

Contributing Partners: BOEM, NOAA Office of General Counsel, NOAA OCM



OpenNSPECT

Measure potential runoff, nonpoint source pollution, and erosion.

Aquaculture application:
Assess the potential for erosion and pollution from runoff on water quality in possible aquaculture development areas.

Contributing Partners: NOAA OCM

U.S. Marine Protected Areas Online Mapping Tool

Provides access to classification and spatial data for all marine protected areas.

Aquaculture application:
Map marine protected areas and assess how aquaculture is and could be interacting with MPA natural resources.

Contributing Partners: NOAA MPA



VDatum

Vertically transforms geospatial data between a variety of tidal, orthometric, and ellipsoidal datums.

Aquaculture application:
Map the impacts of rising tides on aquaculture siting and management.

Contributing Partners: NOAA CO-OPS, NOAA NGS, NOAA OCS


To learn more about NCCOS Aquaculture, contact James.Morris@noaa.gov. To keep up with aquaculture news and projects underway search "aquaculture" on the NCCOS Projects Explorer.