vCatch is an integrated application for electronic logbooks. It’s an easy-to-use tool with a powerful database designed to be used by fisheries authorities for catch effort registration.

Catch effort has been registered for many years with paper logbooks aboard the fishing vessels. Much manpower on the vessels and at the authorities has been used to manually fill in forms and afterwards typing the information into data processing applications. With vCatch the manual writing and re-typing are eliminated along with most errors and misreadings.

vCatch consists of an on-board fishing vessel module and the module at the fisheries authority. They can be used separately, but the advantages of having a single system are truly leveraged when both modules are used.

vCatch has a large number of predefined fields and data types and can be customized to country specific requirements as needed. vCatch gives all user groups a number of unique advantages that makes it interesting to use the system. With an unique ease of use, vCatch has been designed to benefit all stakeholders.

The Electronic Logbook Saves Time

Catch effort registration starts aboard the fishing vessels. For each trip, the logbook has to be filled according to a number of rules.

The fishermen are guided through filling in the logbooks. vCatch has logical steps and default values that reduce or eliminate doubts and errors.

When the departure information and fishing gear have been entered into the system, you only have to register each haul and fish caught. This can be done as many times as necessary. On the way back to the harbour the landing information and finally the landing declaration are filled in.

As an added value to the fishermen other messages are also included in the vCatch system. Hail messages, zone changes, harbour arrival messages, and more are registered in the same application and sent to the authorities, making life much easier for the fishermen.

vCatch requires the installation of a little application on a PC. The existing satellite transceivers can be used for data transmission.

Logbook data is transmitted from the vessel to the server using either Inmarsat-C or internet connection. When using Inmarsat-C connection the users benefit from a unique compression ratio of 90 %, that reduces the transmission cost significantly.

Real Time Fleet Management

Owners of multiple vessels get an unique overview. They see exactly what is on-board each of their individual fishing vessels. The information is updated immediately after each new catch has been entered into the electronic logbook.

Organizations that control many vessels are able to compare them. They compare the efficiency of each fishing position, plan trans-shipments if necessary and much more.

Focused Inspections

Having real time information about a catch on board a specific vessel is invaluable information in order to plan and perform inspection activities. As the fishermen send information entered into the logbook as soon as they finish each entry, the information available to the inspectors is of great value.

The actual inspections are more dedicated and focused. The selection of which vessel to inspect is now made much more consciously based on the latest information reported by the vessels. This applies for both offshore inspections and landing inspections. The inspector knows beforehand from the arrival message of the electronic logbook which vessel brings in what catch. The physical appearance at the harbour can be planned much more efficiently.

The inspectors can search for and inspect data from the logbooks in a web application that requires no additional local installation of software or hardware.

Detailed Data Analysis

All data is stored in the Fisheries Monitoring Centre (FMC). During the creation and entry of a new logbook, the data is stored in a temporary location. It is ready to be viewed and analysed. The logbook can be used for further data analysis and statistical use when it is completed with landing declaration and final delivery.

The FMC user can search, view and edit logbooks using the web interface.

Government authorities using vCatch:
Denmark, Germany, Greenland, Sweden, Lithuania and Poland.

Mikael Grønfeldt
Product Manager

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