Marine Planning

Fish SPACE (Fisheries for Sustaining People’s Access through Conservation and Equitable Systems)

Reef fish for sale Photo: A Hooten

WHAT KIND OF TOOL IS IT?

Fish SPACE is a spatial planning and communication tool that includes a standalone software application, and its accompanying data preparation and user manuals.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PARTS TO IT?

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.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

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.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

WHEN IS IT USED?

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.

IN WHAT FORMAT IS IT AVAILABLE?

Fish SPACE is available as a Mac and a Windows software application.

WHO IS THE TARGET END-USER?

  • Policy makers
  • Government and NGO planners undertaking MSP
  • Researchers studying marine reserve design

WHAT USER SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

Some experience on GIS and coral reef fisheries is required to be able to prepare the data, use the model, and understand its outputs.

IS TECHNICAL TRAINING OR SUPPORT REQUIRED?

We are currently developing manuals and documentation to allow users to prepare the data and use the tool without training.


For more information contact Dr Vera Horigue, The University of the Philippines. 


Downloads:

Fish SPACE - Mac zip / 105.02 MB DOWNLOAD
Fish SPACE - Windows zip / 233.8 KB DOWNLOAD
Fish SPACE - Data preparation manual pdf / 7.75 MB DOWNLOAD
Fish SPACE - User guide pdf / 9.21 MB DOWNLOAD