Species Protections

Mar 1, 2023

Navigator data can augment additional research to generate many types of analyses. The Navigator team of lawyers, geographers, and software professionals is uniquely qualified to conduct research requiring in-depth regulation and GIS based analyses. Click here to learn more about the Navigator team.

As an example, this map and viewer application provides information on kelp protections in California and how they relate to marine managed areas.


Turtle Protection Comparison Report

Feb 1, 2023

As another example, the Navigator team recently leveraged its data with additional research to answer the question:  How does turtle protection in the British Virgin Islands compare with other Caribbean countries?

To learn more about customized species reports, please send a message to the Navigator team with the contact form.


Fishing Gear / Activity Restrictions by Area

Jan 21, 2023

Each area in Navigator contains activity codes for key fishing gears and human activities, noting them as prohibited, restricted, allowed, or unknown / unmentioned.

The fishing gears include:

  • Bottom Trawling
  • Commercial Fishing
  • Gillnetting
  • Hook And Line
  • Longlining
  • Miscellaneous Gear
  • Nets
  • Recreational Fishing
  • Spear Fishing
  • Traps And Pots
  • Trolling

The other human activities include:

  • Anchoring
  • Construction
  • Discharge
  • Diving
  • Dragging
  • Dredging
  • Drilling
  • Entry
  • Industrial or Mineral Exploration
  • Landing
  • Overflight or Drones
  • Removal of Historic Artifacts
  • Speed
  • Stopping

These activity codes can help identify and compare where specific fishing gears or human use activities are prohibited, restricted, or allowed.

For example, this map depicts the distribution of Bottom Trawling regulations in California State Waters (0-3 NM).

Fishing Protection Assessments

Jan 21, 2023

Our ocean and the marine life within it is crucial to the survival of all species. To protect marine biodiversity, it is important to know the current status of ocean protection so we know where we are at and how far we need to go.

The United Nations recommends the world protect at least 30% of land and water by 2030 through ‘Highly Protected’ areas and other effective conservation measures.

Navigator assesses “Highly Protected” based on Level of Fishing Protection (LFP), by summing the areas for the two highest LFP scores, 4 and 5. The summed areas are divided by the total area of interest, as an area percentage estimate of “Highly Protected”.

These Fishing Protection Assessments can be conducted at any scale, to answer the question: For a given region, what is “Highly Protected” from the perspective of in-place legal fishing regulations?