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close this bookSmall-Scale Marine Fisheries - A Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1983, 631 p.)
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View the documentSession T-86: Introduction to fisheries economics and marketing
View the documentSession T-87: ''Gyotaku'' fish art special project
View the documentSession T-88: Fund raising - special group project
View the documentSession T-89: Economic data sheets
View the documentSession T-90: Transportation systems - special project
View the documentSession T-91: Fish cooperatives special group project
View the documentSession T-92: Simple accounting techniques
View the documentSession T-93: Reef survey preparation
View the documentSession T-94: Artificial reefs and floating tire breakwaters - special project
View the documentSession T-95: Resources/proposal writing
View the documentSession T-96: Reef survey
View the documentSession T-97: Interviews
View the documentSession T-98: Fish issues - special group project
View the documentSession T-99: Ecology and conservation - special group project
View the documentSession T-100: Report writing

Session T-87: ''Gyotaku'' fish art special project

Time: 4 PM


· For trainees to learn the step-by-step process of Gyotaku, or Japanese fish art
· For trainees to think about ways of income generation for fishing families, i.e. arts and crafts
· For trainee assigned this project to be able to transfer skills and technology to others


This session is a special project. Trainee presents this project as an income generating technique which can be passed on to fishing families, women's groups, youth groups and fishing associations.




2 Hours

1. Trainee gives brief history of Gyotaku.

2. Trainee demonstrates

a. wipe all excess moisture from the fish, using paper towels

Gyotaku techniques as

b. clear the gills and the anus of any residue, and stuff cotton into the anus


c. set the fins so that they will be clearly defined in the print; do this by inserting pins at the base of the spines until they are erect (you'll have to poke around for the right spot)

d. apply the paint (or speed ball ink) to the fish, making sure it isn't too runny

e. place the paper lightly on the fish letting it adhere to the fish (if the paper wrinkles to the touch it has absorbed too much)

f. remove the paper very carefully so that it does not tear one fish can produce many prints. Gyotaku can be used on T-shirts as well as paper.


· Flip chart, markers, several fish of various sizes, ink (speed ball is best), alcohol, cotton, long pins, cloth/paper towels

Trainer's Note:

During pilot program we had trainees make graduation invitations during this session.

3. Trainees now all try their hand at producing Gyotaku prints.

Gyotaku fish