Fisheries has launched a new Protected Resources Application that quickly and
easily displays the locations of marine and anadromous species and their
habitats protected under the Endangered Species Act.
app can be found at https://www.webapps.nwfsc.noaa.gov/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7514c715b8594944a6e468dd25aaacc9
app draws on geographic information system data, making it simple for the
public, tribes, and government agencies, among others, to identify protected
habitats. For example, users can easily create detailed maps comparing the
habitat of different ESA-listed salmon and steelhead stocks and see where their
can find out if their property contains ESA-designated critical habitat, grant
applicants can focus and maximize habitat restoration proposals in areas where
multiple protected species reside, and field biologists can decipher whether
their geographic position is within a protected area by loading the app on any
mobile device and using the “My Location” feature.
app provides a one-stop shop for NOAA Fisheries’ geospatial data throughout
Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California and along the coast,” said Scott
Rumsey, Deputy Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region. “It
helps organize and display mountains of data into something that is truly
user-friendly. It will prove a valuable tool in helping to visually interpret
NOAA Fisheries regulations and better understand how our sea turtles, marine
mammals, and fish are distributed.”
addition to NOAA Fisheries data, the app displays real-time data from external
sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, which provides congressional district
and tribal boundary information. That helps keep data and spatial relationships
current. NOAA Fisheries will continue to expand and update the app tools and
incorporate new data.
this app, geographic data were available in many different formats and only
accessible to those with specialized GIS software to open the files. Now,
anyone with a computer and an internet connection can explore the data.
the Protected Species App in any web browser. Once in, click on the “Layers”
icon to access and display datasets depicting different geographic areas. Users
can draw on maps, for a truly customized experience, as well as share maps.
data development for this app took five years and I’m really excited to share
the final product with the dedicated people who want protected species to
recover and thrive,” said Shanna Dunn, of NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region and
designer of the app. “I hope that more
accessible protected species data will support conservation efforts.”
more details about the app and how to use it, click the “About” tab in the app.