01. jul 2011
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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