Cook Islands National Environment Service
Land Biodiversity Built Environment Coastal and Marine Culture and Heritage Inland Waters
Planning resource for integrated action planning for the management of the Cook Islands marine environment
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
AquaMaps are computer-generated predictions of natural occurrence of marine species, based on the environmental tolerance of a given species with respect to depth, salinity, temperature, primary productivity, and its association with sea ice or coastal areas. These 'environmental envelopes' are matched against an authority file which contains respective information for the Oceans of the World. Independent knowledge such as distribution by FAO areas or bounding boxes are used to avoid mapping species in areas that contain suitable habitat, but are not occupied by the species.