The INCOFISH research Project was about reconciling multiple demands on coastal zones. The 39 research teams from four continents put particular emphasis on making their many research results available not only in the scientific literature, but also via easy user interfaces.

One of the tools, which has been used already in many different countries is the fish ruler (also called 'Chikipez' in Peru). It was spread in Germany through a campaign of the Hamburg Consumer Protection Agency under the motto 'Don't eat babies'. The fish ruler allows you to assess on the fly whether the fish you want to buy in the market or in the restaurant is still a baby fish - and therefore signals unsustainable fishing - or not (a project supported by the INCO Programme under the 6th European Research Framework Programme). Click here to get in and explore the different features of the research.


Prepare your own fish ruler for any part of the world to participate in the 'Don't eat babies' campaign. Here is the link to the INCOFISH fish ruler page that shows you how to do your own for the region and major commercial fish species you are interested in and learm more about the possibilities.

Criteria and indicators to monitor and evaluate whether the ecotourism in the marine protected area near you is sustainable or not. See the indicators and do your own assessment.

Want to know the distribution of the fishes or other marine organisms you know and how the pattern changes with global warming? You can construct distribution maps of fishes and other marine organisms on the fly to explore their current and likely future distribution. Learn more here.

Most of the simple indicators illustrated on the poster of the Darwin series (see more in the exhibition section on this website) were plugged from the INCOFISH project.