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Electronic logbooks

 

Logbooks are widely used as a method of collecting statistical information on commercial fishing activities and they provide a means of data recording at the source and live reporting of this data to base. 

 

Logbooks are used by fishermen who are required to report their fishing activities at the source and submitted for each  cast/haul. 

In most situations, for the compilation of fisheries data, logbooks should not be considered in isolation but as an integrated system which includes other documentation, such as landings declarations and sales notes. 

The quantities of fish recorded in logbooks are, in most cases, not accurate values, but estimates. Due to adverse working conditions on fishing vessels, the first opportunity to accurately record the quantity of fish is usually at the time of landing. 

A record of the fishing activity is registered systematically by the fisher, including catch and its species composition, the corresponding effort, and location.  In many fisheries, completion of logbooks is a compulsory requirement for a fishing license. 

The logbooks can be used on any vessel size and any situation through the use of mobile devices. The setup on larger vessels allow for automatic capture sensory data from various on-board devices and gear sensors.

In order to control its fisheries, countries must have a good overview of the movements of the fisheries fleet and its fisheries activities within its EEZ. The Trip Manager provides this overview in real-time, allowing fisheries administrators to take action where needed.
In many countries, each fishing trip must be approved and each vessel must be verified to be in compliance with legislation prior to voyage in order to validate any condition required by legislation.

 

Prior to departure, the captain submits a plan stating the purpose of the trip and includes information about the port of departure, estimated port of arrival, targeted species, and an updated list of his crew. In turn, The Trip Manager validates seaworthiness of the vessel, other ship’s papers, and ensures that the vessel meets the minimum criteria regarding fishing licenses, quota status, and minimal  crew requirements before the trip begins. After a successful validation, The Trip Manager automatically approves the trip by issuing a trip license.

 


 

 

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