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ARTFISH stands for Approaches, Rules and Techniques for Fisheries statistical monitoring. It has been developed as a standardized tool adaptable to most fisheries in the developing countries. Its design was driven by the need to provide users with robust, user-friendly and error-free approaches with computer software, and achieve the implementation of cost-effective fishery statistical systems with minimal external assistance.

Software components
The first ARTFISH system appeared in 1993 as an MS-DOS application. ARTFISH was re-written for Windows in 2000. Its present upgraded version was released in November 2007.
The ARTFISH outputs consist of documents, guidelines, manuals, case studies, training kits and computer software. Its components are ARTBASIC for handling sample data and producing monthly estimates and ARTSER for the integration of monthly estimates into annual databases. The basic variables involve catch, effort, CPUE, prices, values and average fish size. ARTFISH utilizes technology that increases user cognition and decreases training time. It also provides detailed statistical diagnostics on data quality and allows insights into the fisheries for which the data is being collected.

It is used during the production phase of a data collection programme. Its purpose is to organize the system standards and classifications as well as primary sample data into standardized database structures and produce estimates of total effort, catch and values. The ARTBASIC generic approach operates within the context of a calendar month, a logical stratum and a specific boat/gear type. Its architecture provides for decentralized entry of data and production of estimates with multi-lingual capability.

This component is used to integrate the monthly estimates produced by ARTBASIC into standardized tables showing monthly estimates of catch, CPUEs, effort, prices and values during a reference year. Its functions allow for flexible data extraction and grouping and provide users with reporting, exporting and graphical representation services. It also provides a multi-lingual capability for performing data mining and analysis.

Capacity building
The primary objective of ARTFISH is to improve the methodological and operational aspects of national fishery statistical programmes, by increasing national capacity in the sector of fishery statistical development. This involves:

  • Design of well-defined sample-based fishery surveys
  • Emphasis on increased cost-effectiveness
  • Achieving self-sustaining operations
  • Widening the utility of produced statistics
  • Adoption of reputable, robust and standardized survey methods and terminology
Countries in which ARTFISH was implemented or presented
Countries in which ARTFISH was implemented or presented

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