Funded by the UBC Martha Piper Research Fund, this project aimed to improve how the human dimensions of fisheries are evaluated in fisheries. In addition, all sustainability fields in Rapfish were updated.
The project resulted in a peer-reviewed paper:
Pitcher, T.J., Lam. M., Ainsworth, C., Martindale, A., Nakamura, K., Perry, R.I. and Ward, T. (2013) Improvements to the ‘Rapfish’ rapid evaluation technique for fisheries: integrating ecological and human dimensions. J. Fish Biol. 83: 865-889.
Principal Project Achievements
- Multidisciplinary, international team from
academia, government, industry, NGOs, and UN consultants improved the human
dimensions aspects of the Rapfish
technique for assessing sustainability of fisheries, leaving the revised technique
ready for test data.
Economic, Institutional and Ethical
evaluation fields address the semi-quantitative assessment of the status of the
human dimensions of fisheries.
- The new Institutional
evaluation field includes a section covering Legality and adopts an innovative but intuitive nested structure.
- Substantial revisions to Social and Economic evaluation
fields address key features of sustainability more effectively.
- Revisions improve the Ecological and Technological evaluation
fields of Rapfish.
- Established this public website (www.rapfish.org) provides full background information and ongoing updates of the technique.
- Link that performs Rapfish data analysis for any user, (awaiting final implementation)
- MPRF Project leads to four oral papers and six
academic publications, a Major Thematic Grant proposal to the Peter Wall
Institute for Advanced Studies, an NSF proposal, and a research contract (under
negotiation) with a consortium of NGOs for Rapfish
The full text of the Final Report on this project may be downloaded below.