Fish SPACE is a spatial planning and communication tool that includes a standalone software application, and its accompanying data preparation and user manuals.
The software includes: 1) A parameters tab where users can upload their spatial data (i.e., maps), and input other parameters; 2) a maps tab where users can visualise the simulation or the results of the scenario in map form through time; 3) a graphs tab where users can visualise the results of the simulation in graphical format; and 4) a help tab where users can refer to the user manual to navigate the tool. A user manual is available, as well as manuals for data preparation, and understanding and communicating Fish SPACE outputs.
Fish SPACE assists users to explore the benefits and impacts of different marine reserve network spatial configurations, with fisheries management strategies. Fish SPACE helps users look at the effects of marine reserve networks and different levels of fishing effort on a particular fish stock.
Users can plug in their data and explore different marine reserve designs and different levels of fishing intensity to see how these impact the status of a particular fish stock and its affect on fishers.
Fish SPACE can be used to communicate, for example, when existing marine reserve policies need to be reviewed, and during community participatory decision-making exercises. This will allow audiences to understand why existing policies are insufficient to support the fishery. Users can also explore complementary fisheries management options (e.g., introducing catch quotas to reduce fishing pressure) in combination with different marine reserve scenarios.
Fish SPACE is available as a Mac and a Windows software application.
Some experience on GIS and coral reef fisheries is required to be able to prepare the data, use the model, and understand its outputs.
We are currently developing manuals and documentation to allow users to prepare the data and use the tool without training.
STATUS: IN PROGRESS/PENDING UPLOADS