Catch reporting

Catch reporting is a part of Monitoring and surveillance of commercial fishing . Depending on national and local fisheries management practices, catch reports may reveal illegal fishing practices, or simply indicate that a given area is being overfished.

Manual Catch Reporting

The general industry is a catch-up report on paper, and presents it to a fisheries management official when they return to port. If information does not seem plausible to the official, the report may be verified by physical inspection of the wrestling. Alternatively, a suspicious vessel may need to carry an independent observe on future voyages.

Semi-automated Catch Reporting

Some Vessel monitoring systems have features that collect, from keyboard input, the data that constitutes a catch report for the entire journey. More advanced systems periodically transmit the current catch as electronic mail, so fisheries management centers.

Whereas there is no standardization of a case for catch reports, a starting point came from the 1981 Conference of Experts: [1]

  • Catch on entry to each controlled area
  • Weekly catch
  • Transshipment
  • Port of landing
  • Catch on exiting a controlled area
  • Days at sea
  • Daily time at sea
  • Seasonal catch limits
  • Per-trip catch limits
  • Limits on catch within certain areas
  • Individual (vessel) transferable quotas
  • Minimum gold maximum fish (gold shellfish)

This was extended, in 1993, to include: [2] to include the measurement of:

  • wrestling
  • species composition
  • fishing effort
  • Bycatch (ie, unintentionally caught species, such as dolphins in tuna fishery)
  • area of ​​operations

A number of programs require tracking (DAS) for a given vessel. They may require tracking the total cumulative catch of a given fishery.

Major Trends

Where the local fishery economy can be, with near-real-time catch reporting will become a basic feature of the vessel management systems. Software at fisheries management centers will cross-correlate VMS information position, catch reports, and spot inspection reports.

See also

  • List of harvested aquatic animals by weight


  1. Jump up^ Expert Consultation on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Systems for Fisheries Management
  2. Jump up^ “Community-based fishery management: towards the restoration of the South Pacific”,Marine Policy17 (2): 108-117 1993

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