Fisheries Information for Sustainable Harvests Bio-EconomicTools
The Fisheries Information for Sustainable Harvests Bio-Economic (FISH-BE) Model is a communication tool and decision support program designed to facilitate interactive examination of major decision options available to local stakeholders for marine protected areas (MPA) and fishery management.
This tool allows scenario-building based on changes in MPA size, number of fishers, number of fishing days, and catch per fisher. It also provides estimates on costs and returns of MPA management, both to fishers and to the local government. A free version of FISH-BE is available and it is called Fishing Industries’ Support in Handling Decision Applications (FISHDA). It is an easy-to-use program with a simpler interface than that of FISH-BE.
FISH-BE is used in the decision-making process among local stakeholders (local government units) for coastal resource management plans, especially in MPA implementation. Fourteen municipalities (Philippine Environmental Governance Project sites) have considered this model. A peer-reviewed journal article (Licuanan et al., 2008) has also used FISH-BE to provide scenarios for MPA and fisheries regulation measures in Calauag Bay and Tayabas Bay which are both sites of the fisheries resource management program in Quezon province, Philippines.
To provide outputs, the program requires assessing biophysical, fisheries, and socioeconomic information of the sites. FISH-Be’s resource person can teach this method to the LGU staff. A series of trainings will include data collection and analysis. This can be done by resource persons from the university or trained staff members who are computer literate, able to work on spreadsheets and databases, and are comfortable with running programming software.
The program can help local stakeholders or LGU gain more appreciation of the mechanisms toward sustainable fisheries from the options generated from FISH-BE.
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