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: 
- Catch on entry to each controlled area
- Weekly catch
- 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:  to include the measurement of:
- 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.
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.
- List of harvested aquatic animals by weight
- Jump up^ Expert Consultation on Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Systems for Fisheries Management
- Jump up^ “Community-based fishery management: towards the restoration of the South Pacific”,Marine Policy17 (2): 108-117 1993