The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Fish and Wildlife Information Systems
develops and maintains geographic information systems (GIS) data, produces web mapping applications and provides GIS/IT assistance to support fish and wildlife management throughout New Jersey. Throughout the past year, our GIS specialists have been hard at work producing online interactive mapping tools for the public. These allow for access to spatial information, and in some cases, the ability to submit data.
Story maps are interactive maps combined with text and other content (photos, videos, etc.) to tell a story about the world. Each page within can focus on a different theme or category. Story maps are also adaptive to whichever platform you happen to use to view them, whether it be a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer.
Story maps and interactive web map applications can be utilized by teachers and students in the classroom and remotely, not only to teach about local environmental concepts, but to also utilize the cross-disciplinary technology of GIS.
In addition to story maps, the Office of Fish and Wildlife Information Systems created several web map applications and spatially enabled surveys that allow the user to submit data or observations directly to Fish and Wildlife. These are recently released applications that pertain to marine waters:
License Agent Locator
Displays locations of NJDEP-authorized fishing and hunting license agents: nj.gov/dep/dfwlicenseagents
Marine Protected Wildlife Reporter
A citizen science application to submit observations of protected marine wildlife to Fish and Wildlife for various conservation projects: nj.gov/dep/njmarinewildlife
NJ Hunting & Trapping Explorer
Helps users plan hunting outings and navigate in the field. Includes interactive maps of hunting and trapping zones for multiple wildlife species plus seasons, regulations and harvest statistics: NJFishandWildlife.com/hunt-trap_zones.htm
Recreational Saltwater Volunteer Angler Survey
A voluntary survey to collect information on catch and effort from recreational fishing trips in state marine and estuarine waters and surrounding areas. An update to the former web-based survey, this application is optimized for mobile and desktop use: nj.gov/dep/marineanglersurvey
Sedge Island Living Shoreline
Overview of the Sedge Island Education Center, the need for a living shoreline at the island, and Fish and Wildlife’s 2019 installation process: nj.gov/dep/livingshoreline
New Jersey Seafood Finder
Displays seafood markets, wholesale distributors, delivery or pick-up businesses and restaurants selling seafood products that have been landed, grown or harvested in New Jersey and are available for sale to the public during the COVID-19 crisis: nj.gov/dep/njseafood
Artificial Reef Web Map Application (Application under development.)
Displays locations and background data on New Jersey’s artificial reef sites.
With this innovative communications platform, the Division of Fish and Wildlife shares information with its partners, educates the public and advances conservation in a new and engaging manner.