Fishery impact and evaluation

Published: 19 August 2015
Last edited: 03 August 2017

Once SmartFish NGO determines that a fishery is a candidate for our Value Rescue model, we carry out a detailed diagnostic of the fishery’s current triple impact, and potential to attain the four dimensions of the Value Rescue model:

           1) Environmental performance and the possibility to attain a third-party certification or to implement a fisheries improvement plan (FIP) that meet certification criteria;

           2) Social performance - degree of organization of the cooperative or enterprise, including the degree of participation in and effectiveness of decision-making structures and the possibility of including other community members, especially women in the value-rescue process;

           3) Business performance of the group, including both production and sales/marketing;

           4) Potential social, environmental and economic impact of an intervention.


Education, training and other capacity development activities
Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

We created an Impact Division within SmartFish AC to develop the tools to conduct these evaluations and also to carry them out. For environmental and social performance we draw heavily on exisiting standards including MSC and FairTrade. For enterprise performance we merged assorted standards.

Lessons learned

Ensuring confidentiality of data and analyses has been key. Regular reporting of the same to fisher partners has also proved to be very useful for them to identify opportunities.