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OBIS - A Valuable Resource for NW Atlantic Fisheries Science

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, Serial No. N6072 NAFO SCS Doc. 12/19 SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL MEETING - 2012 A presentation entitled: “OBIS - A Valuable Resource for NW Atlantic Fisheries Science”, was presented by Robert M. Branton, Mary Kennedy and Tana Worcester, OBIS Canada. The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) can provide a wealth of data for use in understanding species and ecosystems as well as monitoring, evaluating and forecasting changes in our oceans (particularly stocks which straddle international borders).OBIS datasets will facilitate integration of marine biodiversity data within an international and national framework of data standards and protocols. It will also provide access to highly distributed data sets from a multitude of partners in areas of interest to regional groups such as temporal coverage (time series datasets), geographic coverage, and taxonomic coverage (phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish, birds, mammals).OBIS will enable scientists to study biodiversity at both national and global scales, facilitating research in areas such as ecosystem based management, species at risk, or invasive species which are best examined within the context of global biodiversity changes. OBIS directly relates to efforts to identify biodiversity hotspots and large-scale ecological patterns. The web site contains detailed information regarding OBIS and additional resource links (see

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