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The FishTech Fisheries Manager

 

Fisheries statistics is the primary means to measure the performance of a fishery. Lack of timely and accurate fisheries data is one of the biggest challenges fisheries governance around the world is facing. Regularly conducted fisheries surveys are costly and may constitute major constraint in the developing countries.

Survey & Sampling

Planning

The Fisheries Manager supports systematic realistic survey designs and planning and monitoring of primary fisheries data obtained from the field in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

Surveys

The systems supports data collection and data processing for Frame surveys, Boat Activity Coefficient (BAC) surveys, Active Days surveys and Landing Surveys. The data collected includes catch rate (CPUE) and the contribution of fisheries to the economy, categorized by landing site, vessel/gear type and species.

Data collection

The backbone of every fishery survey is the multidisciplinary team of data collectors and supervisors. The system automates common tasks and data validation rules control the type of data and values entered by users, reducing the risk of errors. The system provides graphical representation of data where needed helping the data collectors to correctly identify gear types and species.

Mobile

The Fisheries Manager is an affordable multi-tenant, cloud-based solution allowing data collection in real time. All data is stored securely in the systems central database. Using tablets and other mobile devices makes on-site data collection highly portable. The system can be used to collect data where no network connection is available and the central system gets automatically updated when the network becomes available again.

Automation

Safe sample sizes tell the data collectors how many samples must be collected to achieve a desired accuracy. Based on the accuracy determined by a survey designer, the system automatically calculates and generates the safe sample sizes used in the surveys. The system then displays the collective sampling progress in real time allowing data collectors to monitor when the sampling goals are met. As a field survey progresses the system processes data and displays basic reports from the surveys in real time.

Statistics

After a successful completion of surveys and data validation, the system raises the samples to totals by a single action. The survey results become available immediately and the data sets allow for both in-time and in-space comparison.  

 

Vessel registry


The Fisheries Manager already includes a vessel registry where individual vessels are recorded along with key information. Ship registration is the process by which a ship is documented and given the nationality of the country the ship has been documented to. Registration provides the ability to determine which country’s laws govern the operation of a ship and the behavior of the crew.As the developing countries attain better control of their fisheries governance, they may engage in more active fisheries management. More detailed versions of our solutions, containing more extensive fisheries management processes and IT systems, can then easily be added.

The FishTech Fisheries Manager provides each vessel with a unique identification number which should be displayed clearly on the vessel and is required in all vessel documents. As a national ship registry, The FishTech Fisheries Manager keeps records about various ship attributes such as identification number, type, class, measurements, propulsion, towing capacity, documentation and more. The system keeps current and historical records of ownership, operators, port of registry, crew and fisheries license.

    

Region Management

The purpose of the region management module is record the boundaries of the EEZ, all of it's sub-areas and locations.

In order to manage its fisheries, fisheries nations need to achieve good overview of all fisheries related events within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). An EEZ is a sea zone prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea over which a state has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from water and wind. It stretches from the baseline out to 200 nautical miles (nmi) from its coast.

The EEZ is usually made up of numerous areas or zones of different types and size and their definitions are recorded in the Region Management system.  The system keeps records of two main type of records, areas and locations and can be displayed on a map in the system.   An area has shape and size and is defined by two or more coordinates in a two-dimensional plane.  

Areas are commonly used to define

  1. fishing grounds
  2. FAO statistical areas 
  3. restricted areas  

Different system modules in the Fisheries Manager system use the region management services.  The Fisheries Licenses module issues fisheries licenses to specific fishing grounds, the Map gadget displays areas and locations on a map, the Catch Registry module associates catch to specific fishing grounds and the Parties module associates an address to a location (e.g. to display a port location on a map)

Fisheries

 

A fishery is an entity engaged in raising or harvesting fish which is determined by a fisheries nation to be a fishery. 

A fishery is typically defined in terms of the people involved, species or type of fish, area of water or seabed, method of fishing, class of boats, purpose of the activities or a combination of the foregoing features.The definition often includes a combination of fish and fishers in a region, the latter fishing for similar species with similar gear types. A fishery may involve the capture of wild fish or raising fish through fish farming or aquaculture. 

Fisheries Management is a integrated process of information gathering, analysis, planning, consultation, decision-making, allocation of resources and formulation and implementation, with enforcement as necessary, of regulations or rules which govern fisheries activities in order to ensure the continued productivity of the resources and the accomplishment of other fisheries objectives.

Fisheries management draws on fisheries science in order to find ways to protect fishery resources so sustainable exploitation is possible.Modern fisheries management is often referred to as a governmental system of appropriate management rules based on defined objectives and a mix of management means to implement the rules, which are put in place by a system of monitoring control and surveillance.

Fishing gear

The fisheries Manager allows for easy creation of new gear including detailed information and images. Fishing gear is associated with records in other modules e.g. the "Catch registry", "Regions", "Fisheries", “Electronic logbooks” and “Marine research”.  To create compatibility between systems and to facilitate reporting to international organizations the fishing gear is classified according to the International Standard Statistical Classification of Fishing Gear (ISSCFG)

Species

The Fisheries Manager keeps detailed catch information of the main fishing stocks, aquaculture, marine mammals, shellfish and other aquatic species, commercially exploited in the world today.The purpose of the Fisheries Managers Species Management Application Module is to keep unique and detailed records of aquatic species, complying to international standards ISSCAAP.  

Each catch record is associated with one species and

Each species may have multiple images for to help data collectors to correctly identify aquatic species. 

Simple setup

The FishTech Fisheries Manager is a subscription-based cloud solution.

The Fisheries Manager is an advanced Turn - key solution meaning that after a initial configuration, the system is ready for use, allowing customers to immediately focus on the business of fisheries management. Included is all the technical infrastructure, system operation and maintenance,relieving our customers of the need to maintain expensive investments in IT equipment and technical capacity.

 

 

 

Fisheries Management Processes   

The FishTech Fisheries Manager leverages many decades' worth of experience by the FishTech team of experts which is described in a business process model (BPM) and in a simple graphical and textual notation. The processes originate from the regulatory environment and they are the foundation for the business rules implemented in the information system.

Well defined processes are well suited for capacity building and communicating knowledge and best practices from one nation to another in a uniform and organized manner. The processes can easily be adopted to different requirements and fishing cultures of fisheries nations. They are scalable and can be implemented in multiple phases, if needed.

Statistics

The FishTech Fisheries Manager offers a multitude reports and summaries that provide valuable insight into the collected data. Reports in various formats, such as Excel and XML, can easily be exported from the system.

In addition to providing data for every ship, the following statistics are available:

  1. Statement and summary report for fishing fleets, categorized by type, size and home port ,
  2. the total fishing capacity of the fleet,
  3. total fleet figures in tonnage and other metrics,
  4. employment figures of fishermen and so on.

Mobile

The FishTech Fisheries Manager is a multi-tenant, multi-lingual solution. The system is a cloud-based solution accessible via browser on multiple platforms such as desktop, portable, tablet and phone.

Mobile design makes it possible for selected system components to operate temporarily where there is no internet connection. When the device regains its Internet connection, the device data is synchronized with the data contained in the main system, making it possible for the users to collect data in a remote location where there is no Internet connection. 

Extend

The FishTech Fisheries Manager is only the first step towards a more effective management of marine resources. More advanced processes and added functionality to the overall system allows better control of the fisheries activities.

The accompanying FishTech Enterprise Suite is based on a modular software and is comprised of many system components where each component is specialised in a certain field of fisheries management. 

Therefore it is easy to implement the information system and appropriate processes gradually, depending on each client's needs and priorities.

The FishTech Enterprise Suite contains, inter alia, system components for:

  • National ship register,
  • Vessel Monitoring System (VMS),
  • Catch quota system (TAC),
  • Weighing and landings,
  • Aquaculture,
  • Electronic logbooks, 
  • Fishing trips,
  • Fisheries licence,
  • Fishing areas,
  • Fisheries certificates,
  • Financial reporting,
  • Marine research,
  • Fish species,
  • Fishing gear,
  • Applications,
  • Fisheries control,
  • Utilization,
  • Employment figures of fishermen.