To provide instruction in the use of the VMStools software package for the simultaneous analysis of VMS and logbook data. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the spatial distribution of fisheries, and the behaviour of fishers at sea. Students will be guided through the entire process of obtaining and cleaning VMS and logbook data, making simple plots and combining the datasets to enable more advanced analyses such as dispatching the landings at higher spatio-temporal resolutions (than is available in the logbook data) and calculating indicators (e.g. area of seabed fished). Instruction will also be given in how to use VMStools to convert logbook and VMS data to standard formats such as ICES FishFrame.
The course will be targeted at those with already some experience of VMS and logbook data, their analysis and mapping. Computer programming experience will be helpful and some knowledge of R is essential. We believe that the course would also benefit those currently analysing VMS data using GIS, since the combination of VMStools and GIS can improve standardisation of analytical protocols.
Niels Hintzen – Researcher, IMARES, Netherlands
Doug Beare – Researcher, The WorldFish Center, Malaysia