Fishery Solution

01. jul 2011 

vCatch

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. A lot of manpower on board as well as at the authorities has been used to manually fill in forms and afterwards manually type the information from the forms into data processing applications. WithvCatch the manual typing and re-typing are eliminated. vCatch consists of two modules:

  • One module on board the fishing vessel
  • One module at the authority

They can be used separately or together. When used together the advantages of having a single system are truly leveraged.

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

The fishermen

Naturally, catch effort registration starts on board the fishing vessels. For each trip, the logbook has to be filled in according to a number of rules.

With vCatch, the fishermen are guided through filling in the logbooks with logical steps and default values that reduce or eliminate doubts or errors. When the departure information and fishing gear have been entered into the system, you only have left to register each haul and fish caught. This can be done as many times as necessary. On the way back to the harbor 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, harbor arrival messages, and more are registered in the same application and sent to the authorities, making life much easier for the fishermen. vCatch only requires the installation of a small application on a pc. For data transmission the existing satellite transceivers can be used.

Industry

The fishing industry can get a unique overview knowing exactly what is on board each of their individual fishing vessel at any given time and immediately after each new catch has been entered into the electronic logbook. Especially those organizations that control many vessels are able to compare many vessels and are able to compare the efficiency of each fishing position, plan trans-shipments if necessary and much more. fishermen. vCatch only requires the installation of a small application on a pc. For data transmission the existing satellite transceivers can be used.

The inspectors

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 can 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 inspection will not only be more dedicated and focused, the actual selection of which vessel to inspect can now be made much more consciously based on the latest information reported by the vessel. This applies for both off shore inspections and landing inspections. If the inspector knows beforehand from the arrival message of the electronic logbook which vessel brings in what catch, the physical appearance at the harbor 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.

FMC user

In the Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) all data is stored. During the creation and entry of a new logbook, the data is stored in a temporary location. It is ready to be viewed and analyzed, but only when the logbook is completed with landing declaration and final delivery the logbook changes status to completed, and it can be used for further data analysis and statistical use.

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

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