Aquaculture Science Hub

Palau Aquaculture Suitability Web Map and Decision Support Tool

Aerial view of Palau.
PALAU AERIAL Current areas of interest for super reefs work include Hawaii, Palau, Indonesia, the Marshall Islands, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Belize. © Steve Lindfield

With financial support from NASA, The Nature Conservancy and the government of Palau have designed an interactive mapping tool to help Palauans determine the best spots for aquaculture farms. By using NOAA and NASA satellite data, the tool accounts for dozens of factors, from geographic qualities like water depth and ocean currents, to infrastructure considerations like the presence of docks and ports. These factors help narrow down all possible location options to just those that are appropriate for individual species and don’t interfere with sensitive habitats, culturally significant sites or economic activities like trade and tourism.

Want to learn more?

Access the tool here