Saving the world one application at a time: FAO Regional Fishery Bodies Viewer
This blog post covers some work we have done to support information dissemination about Regional Fishery Bodies (RFB). As stated on their website:
“Regional Fishery Bodies (RFB) — a group of States or organizations that are parties to an international fishery arrangement — work together towards the conservation and management of fish stocks.
RFB can play a critical role in promoting longterm sustainable fisheries where international cooperation is required in conservation and management.”
but also a specific RFB Viewer can be used to quickly show the RFBs’ coverage on a map as shown at this link and in the screenshot below.
Let’s take a deeper look at the implementation.
Interacting with GeoServer’s WMS module we dynamically build the map with the continental layer, the member countries, the coast lines and the fishery boundaries. The API supports 3 different projections: WGS84 (EPSG:4326), Google Mercator (EPSG:900913) and Polar Stereographic (EPSG:3031).
More could be said about this project regarding its infrastructure, let’s summarise a few interesting points:
- background maps are served with GeoWebCache
- most of the data is stored inside the corporate instance of Oracle Spatial, demonstrating perfect integration of Open Source with COTS
- Extensive usage of CQL filters to drive the dynamic maps is used