Inland Fisheries

Rapid rural appraisal, participatory rural appraisal and aquaculture

Managing inland fisheries

This document was intended for aquaculture development specialists, aquaculture project managers, and officials and specialists involved in the planning and management of aquaculture activities in small water bodies in Africa.  It is intended to provide an introduction to Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) for people working in these fields. Much ot the   contenti s broadly applicable to inland fisheries in small water bodies,  especially if these are stocked. 

The principal components of these two approaches to information collection and planning are described along with the various tools used with a case study to illustrate their use and some of the issues they raise. Possible applications of the approaches for those involved in aquaculture development are given and an outline provided of the sorts of planning and institutional context where they can best be applied. The problems and shortcomings of the approaches are also discussed and guidelines given for the use of alternative approaches to information gathering and planning.