Mapping Lake Michigan Fish Catch Data

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Wodd, Jacob ; Doucette, Jarrod ; Höök, Tomas O. (2014)
  • Publisher: Purdue University
  • Subject: Lake Michigan | Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant | Forestry | fish catch data | Geographic Information Sciences

The only Great Lake completely contained in the U.S., Lake Michigan offers an abundance of recreational fishing. This project takes 20 years’ worth of salmonid fish catch data, and uses GIS to organize and visually represent the data in a way that is meaningful and helpful to local fisherman and researchers. Species represented included Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon, and Coho Salmon. The species are organized by both decadal and yearly spans, as well as catch per trip, catch per angler hour, and total catches. These data are the foundation for a web based app that allows for analysis and visualization using desktop or mobile web browsers.
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