Establishing an electronic data management model


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The methods used to collect and capture data from South African fisheries are often inefficient and make it difficult for fisheries managers to use data effectively. The current data collection process, whereby logbooks are manually completed and physically handed over to data capturers in DAFF is laborious, slow and susceptible to error.

More importantly, the analysis of raw data is often only conducted several months after it is collected, making it very difficult for managers to get an idea of the status of a fishery in real time. This project aims to remedy this situation by instituting a modern, electronic reporting system to collect, transmit and store fisheries data. A desktop study was undertaken by Olrac SPS to analyse available electronic data capture tools and make recommendations on tools suitable for the objectives of this project. The RFA is currently working with DAFF to assess how an electronic reporting system can initially be trialled with I&J vessels and later with the trawl fishery for hake and the broader South African fishing industry.

The following two steps will be taken, first step logbooks are to be automatically printed using electronical data and handed in with the customary paper logbook and the second step is to amend both DAFF and I&J databases so that they are compatible.


  1. Draft_I&J Electronic Report Proposal (09-09-2016) (824.4 KiB)
    Electronic Fishing Logbooks - Data transfer to DAFF

  2. Lallemand (2013) An electronic data management model for SA fisheries (5.7 MiB)
    Establishing an electronic data management model for South African fisheries