Workshop 2011

Ten years after the introduction of Rapfish, this workshop, Sponsored by the Martha Piper Interdisciplinary Research Fund, aimed to discuss improvements to the Rapfish technique, especially focussing on the incorporation of Human Dimensions.

Summary of workshop output: Revised attributes and scoring guidelines for the 'Ecological' and 'Technological' evaluation fields; major revisions to 'Social' and 'Economics' evaluation fields; new 'Institutional' evaluation field; new 'Legality' analysis. Adopted a hierarchical approach for some fields. Improved consistency of scoring guidelines, including more use of published indices for governance, management, co-management, and compliance issues. Continuation of the anchored MDS algorithm for analysis, but aim to explore fuzzy logic approach. Aim to set up a web-based analysis system for any user.

A full report is available here, and revised fields and attributes from the workshop team are here.

Workshop lunch photo left to right: Trevor Ward, Dawit Tesfamichael, Pramod Ganapathiraju, Ian Perry, Katrina Nakamura, Dr Pizza, Tony Pitcher, Lingbo Li, Ling Huang (photo by Mimi Lam)

Workshop Participants

Visitors: Dr Cameron Ainsworth (U Florida), Dr Dr Ian Perry (DFO, Nanaimo), Dr Katrina Nakamura (SFP, Hawaii), Dr Trevor Ward (Perth, Australia).

UBC: Pramod Ganapathiraju, Dr Ling Huang, Dr Mimi Lam, Lingbo Li,  Dr Andrew Martindale, Dr Tony Pitcher, Jamie Slogan, Dr Rashid Sumaila, Lydia Teh, Dawit Tesfamichael, Dr Diyya Varkey


Time and Venue: 9.30-5.30 Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th June 2011,  AERL 106/7, UBC

Questions  considered at the Rapfish Workshop

 People have found the theory behind the choice of social variables unconvincing. Should the existing social field attributes be modified?

Socialization of fishing, New entrants into the fishery, Fishing sector, Environmental knowledge, Conflict status, Fisher influence, Fishing income, Kin participation

(See attributes table for full details)

 Where does an institutional evaluation field fit in? Is it a new field, or a combination of other ones?  If a new field, what attributes can be measured?

 Are there other human dimensions of the fishery (e.g., cultural values?) that are not yet included and if so, how can they be scored and included?

 How can the Rapfish scheme be modified to evaluate the legality of a fishery? (Or more directly, how to assure buyers that the product is legal)

 Rapfish economic ordinations often end up with all the fisheries together in the centre of the plot.  Should the existing economic field attributes be modified?

Fisheries in GDP, Average wage, Limited entry, Marketable right, Other income, Sector employment, Ownership/Transfer, Market, Subsidy

(See attributes table for full details)

 Are there minor modifications we can make to the Ecological, Technological and Ethical evaluation fields?

 Existing Rapfish software uses VBA in Excel. It works only on a PC running Windows because it employs a DLL file translated from the original Fortran for the MDS algorithm.  It works OK on a Mac using Windows emulation (e.g., Parallels). It has a moderate learning curve to install it properly and to use it successfully. Use of the software is fully described in a Fisheries Centre report. A proposed web-based interface will be discussed, which will entail some simplifications to the method.

 In addition to a standard diagnostic indicting the reliability of the MDS, at present Rapfish takes account of two types of uncertainty: scoring errors in scoring each attribute, and the relative influence of each scored attribute on the results (please see website for details and examples). Are there other types of uncertainty and how could they be addressed?