CoFish is a co-created citizen science project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2021-2024). The goal of the project is
i) to invite fishers and scientists from Lake Geneva to develop together a participatory research project on the sustainability of fish populations;
ii) to compare the learning outcomes for scientists and fishers;
The project started with a series of workshops to define the research question, followed by the citizen science project implementation. The project resulted in sampling of nutrients of Lake Geneva to assess whether existing measures of nutrients (phosphorus, phosphates and nitrates) at two reference points were representative of the lake as a whole. This is important information for fishers as they believe that nutrient levels are set too low and that this have impacts on fish populations.
The project is in its final phase of data analysis and result communication to policy makers and managers.
The following scores were calculated using a statistically-driven machine-learning approach, a type of AI that learns to perform a task by analysing patterns in data. This is an experimental approach to citizen-science impact assessment, and the exact reasoning behind the scores is not explainable. The scores represent a best guess of the impact the project is having in each domain. Scores are recalculated and updated when “View impact report” is clicked.
Proportion of questions answered in each domain.