About Rapfish

Rapfish is a rapid appraisal technique that estimates the status of fisheries. It uses a scoring technique on attributes (= indicators). Fisheries are put in rank order, or placed on a 2-D graph, using a statistical technique.

The standard version of Rapfish evaluates fisheries sustainability along multiple performance modalities: e.g., ecological, technological, economic, social, institutional and ethical; some of these fields are hierarchical, for example, a subfield under 'institutional' evaluates the legality of a fishery.
NOTE: Only attributes that relate to sustainability (or the desired goal) are employed: it is a normative method

go to NEWS  March 2014 Revised r software available soon.  December 2013 internal UBC Rapfish workshop and plans. April 2013 R Rapfish software revised. January 2013 NEW RAPFISH SOFTWARE SITE UP IN BETA Minor Revisions to Rapfish attributes December 2012 Paper on Rapfish presented by Dr Mim Lam at IndiSeas workshop in Paris. Sept 2012 preliminary 'r' code available on software page August 2012 Herring case study nearing completion. Ecology field revised.  R algorithm revised. June 2012 new Rapfish paper submitted! May 2012
Revised sustainability fields posted. Rapfish paper presented at the 6th World Fisheries Congress. April 2012 Rapfish now programmed in "r". October 2011 Draft revised sustainability fields posted. Final Report on Martha Piper project. September 2011 - Martha Piper project Wrap Up Rapfish workshop: Tuesday 27th Sept, AERL. The sustainability Rapfish is under revision at present, following a workshop in June 2011.

Other versions test compliance with the FAO (UN) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries or other set of standards.

There are therefore less problems with the normative approach, compared to the standard Rapfish

The tool is mathematically robust, scalable, and provides a holistic account of specific fisheries, while also providing a platform to test hypotheses on coupled human and natural systems.

Does not need formal measurements as ATTRIBUTES are scored.

Scores can be assigned by experts, individuals, communities

Continuous and categorical measures can be mixed.

Rapfish is multidisciplinary - Analysis can be carried out in number of EVALUATION FIELDS.

Uncertainty in scores and results can be included using Monte Carlo techniques

Standard ATTRIBUTES can be tailored for particular circumstances



 Rapfish has become quite widely adopted by the international community (see Published Papers), but has failed to account adequately for the human dimensions of fisheries. Hence the new Human Dimension Project.

Photos in header taken by TJP. LEFT Bottom trawlers in Kinsale harbour, western Ireland; largely built with government subsidies and heavily implicated in unreported catches and discards. RIGHT small scale fishing vessels in Sagres harbour, Portugal: five sizes of vessels co-exist in this harbour.