Live Maps and Data

Featured databases and maps are available at three scales:
  • Global: resources serve information for more than one country or for broad-scale aquatic systems
  • National: resources are focused on one country, typically the United States 
  • Regional: resources span multiple U.S. states

Find Fisheries Data with the Data Access Wizard

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (FAR) Data Access Wizard helps you discover and access fisheries-related data. Data can be searched using keywords, geographic extent, and data providers. Most of the available data is in a spatial, or GIS, format and can be accessed in a variety of ways:

disc Data can be directly downloaded as-is to your desktop computer.

cart Multiple datasets can be added to your own 'data cart' and downloaded simultaneously. Data in your cart can be re-projected on-the-fly prior to download.

bolt Many datasets can also be viewed online via Web mapping applications or accessed dynamically by a desktop GIS client using ArcIMS or WMS MapServices.

All data in the FAR Data Access Wizard are fully documented with FGDC-compliant metadata and are free to the public.

Discover the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and Data

NFHAP logo [Image: National Fish Habitat Action Plan]
[Image: National Fish Habitat Action Plan]

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) is an unprecedented attempt to address a nationwide fish crisis by focusing on the loss and degradation of their habitat. The Plan was born in 2001 by an ad hoc group supported by the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. This group was inspired to develop a partnership effort for fish conservation in the image of the successful and strategic North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

As a federal-level partner, the USGS-NBII was designated by the National Fish Habitat Board to house the data delivery system supporting the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. Find out more about NBII's role in the NFHAP and the data associated with the Plan.


AquaMap for Sea Lamprey
AquaMap for Petromyzon marinus, the Sea Lamprey

AquaMapsAquaMaps offers standardized distribution maps for fishes, marine mammals, and invertebrates. Maps are generated by using a modeling approach. There are predicted distribution maps of individual species, thematic maps, checklists, and tools. AquaMaps relies on partnerships with FishBase, OBIS, and GBIF.

Are you interested
in data sharing?

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Do you want to share data with other researchers or resource managers? We are interested in working with new partners to share data of all types, formats, and geographic extents.

Maybe you have a web-based fisheries application that you would like to highlight in another location. We will work with you to integrate links to your application into this site.

Or, perhaps you have metadata or need help developing metadata that meets federal standards. We have trained metadata specialists who can help you create standard metadata for your fisheries data and add that to the NBII Metadata Clearinghouse.

Learn more about how to get involved, and how to contact us.

The NBII Program is administered by the Biological Informatics Program of the U.S. Geological Survey
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