Mapping the economic value of the ocean is pivotal to understand how marine ecosystems contribute to human wellbeing and to support fisheries management. We present a framework to analyse fisheries data and map fishing revenues by linking Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) information to logbooks and observer data. We provide a detailed step-by step methodology and describe different approaches available to fulfill each step, with special notes for the processing of real world messy data. The framework consists of six processing steps: (1) identifying the target fishery and subsetting VMS data; (2) extracting relevant variables; (3) linking observer and VMS data; (4) identifying fishing activity; (5) linking VMS and logbook data; (6) extracting derived variables and mapping revenue back to the communities that extracted the resources. Building this framework opens a broad range of applications including marine spatial planning, rapid response analyses, high-resolution stock assessments and spatially explicit-socioeconomic analyses. We demonstrate the framework in the reef fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, where spatial planning for aquaculture is currently underway.

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