Accurate logbook data essential for fisheries management

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding concession holders and skippers of their responsibility to accurately complete their logbooks (paper or electronic). Logbooks are an important source of information for determining the status of fish stocks and making management decisions, including the setting of total allowable catches.

Logbooks are a record of daily catch information that includes time, location, gear, catch composition, and protected species interactions. Logbooks provide a continuous record of fishing operations undertaken by Commonwealth commercial operators, and AFMA uses this information to make fisheries management decisions.

During boat inspections in port or at sea, AFMA fisheries officers will always inspect an operators logbooks. They must be completed as required by the logbook instructions and on hand at all times for inspection.

Operators must also ensure that they are recording accurate discard information in Daily Fishing Logbooks. The data collected in logbooks underpins fisheries management decisions and accurate discard information is key for stock assessments and fisheries research.

Electronic logbooks (e-logs) provide operators with a simple and cost effective way of recording and delivering required data to AFMA.

REGISTERING FOR E-LOGS

Operators or concession holders can register to use e-logs by following the instructions on the AFMA website.

New e-log users are required to submit both e-log and paper logbook records until they receive written approval from AFMA. Both the skipper and agent can submit the logbook data.

Please note – paper logbooks are required on-board your boats as a backup.