Forecasting tools point to fishing hotspots.
In 1997, NASA launched the first of more than 20 satellites that now comprise the Earth Observing System (EOS). EOS was designed to provide space-based measurements and imagery of Earth’s surface and atmosphere to help scientists understand climate change and humans’ role in it on a long-term, global scale. In 2006, a private weather forecasting company called WorldWinds Inc. approached the agency to use its oceanic data. The result was FishBytes, featuring a database of 18 fish species, which uses sea surface temperature and chlorophyll levels measured by NASA satellites to help anglers locate the best areas for their favorite catches.