Friday, April 17th, 2015.BMG: Today, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) hosted an Informal Seminar about the role of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
The seminar was conducted by Peter O’Connor who is an intern from Ireland and has been working with TIDE for the past 5 months. His role is to update and create new maps, create a habitat map of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR), database management, and training TIDE Rangers to use GIS software.
At the seminar, O’Connor discussed the projects he spearheaded during his tenure at TIDE, which included the use of GIS to create maps and animation videos for water control monitoring, and the PHMR habitat monitoring project. When asked why his work with GIS at TIDE is important, Peter said, “my work will make the PHMR more suitable for fishing conch and lobster, help to expand the replenishment zones, and the water quality monitoring will allow us to know and warn fishermen when the water is heavily polluted or has too much sediment.” Peter completes his six month working partnership with TIDE next month.
TIDE is a Non-Governmental Organization located outside of Punta Gorda Town with its primary focus on the conservation of marine life and establishing protected areas to ensure proper spawning seasons for all hunted marine animals.