Logbooks are a record of daily catch information for fishing boats.
They are designed to provide a continuous record of fishing operations undertaken by Commonwealth fishing concessions holders.
What are logbooks
AFMA logbooks are used to collect information about:
- when and where you are fishing
- the type of gear you are using
- the composition of your catch
- any interactions with threatened, endangered or protected species
This information is important for determining the status of fish stocks and making management decisions, including the setting of total allowable catches.
Logbooks are required to be completed in all Commonwealth fisheries.
Logbooks can be submitted to AFMA electronically using electronic logs (e-logs) or manually using paper logs.
Who uses logbooks
The holder of the fishing concession is responsible for ensuring that this logbook is completed and that it is certified as complete and correct.
The logbook must be submitted by the person responsible for the fishing operations of the boat (skipper) during the fishing trip.
If the skipper is not the same person as the concession holder they must be authorised as an agent of the concession holder. To authorise a person to act as an agent please complete the Registered Authorised Agent form on the AFMA website or on GoFish if the person is already an AFMA client.
For more information please contact AFMA on 1300 723 621.
What are e-logs
Electronic logbooks (e-logs) are computer programs/software on fishing vessels that allow the entry and submission of daily fishing logs.
E-logs are submitted to AFMA using software developed by private companies. A list of available software providers can be found below.
|Provider||CatchLog Trading Pty. Ltd||ORLAC|
|Telephone||07 4033 1322||+61 3 5258 4399|
|admin [at] catchlog.com||olrac [at] olsps.com|
E-logs are currently available for fishers who fish using the following methods:
- Danish seine
- Prawn trawl
E-logs compulsory in Commonwealth fisheries
AFMA has commenced a program to increase the use of digital reporting of fisheries data across all Commonwealth fisheries.
AFMA sent correspondence to all concession holders in 2017 and 2018 outlining information and dates that each fishery will need to submit logbook information using an approved e-log program. Information for each fishery, and how to get started with e-logs, is outlined below.
Commonwealth Trawl Sector – 1 May 2018
From 1 May 2018, operators in the Commonwealth Trawl Sector that have fished more than 50 days in the current or previous fishing season will be required to submit logbook information using an approved e-log program.
Gillnet Hook and Trap Sector – 1 July 2018
From 1 July 2018 operators in the Gillnet Hook and Trap Sector that have fished for 50 days or more in the current or previous fishing season, or have an electronic monitoring system installed, will be required to submit logbook information using an approved e-log program.
Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery and Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery – mid-2019
From mid-2019, operators in the Eastern and Western Tuna and Billfish Fisheries that have fished for 30 days or more in the current or previous fishing season, or have an electronic monitoring system installed, will be required to submit logbook information using an approved e-log program. Read a copy of the Extra time to transition to e-logs letter sent to ETBF and WTBF concession holders.
Other Commonwealth Fisheries – 1 January 2019
From 1 January 2019, operators who fish with line or trawl methods in the following fisheries will need to submit logbook information using an approved e-log program:
- Coral Sea Fishery
- High Seas Fishery
- Northern Prawn Fishery
- North West Slope Trawl Fishery
- Small Pelagic Fishery
- Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery
This requirement will apply to all boats that have fished 50 days or more in the current or previous fishing season or those that have an electronic monitoring system installed.
Examples of logbooks used by AFMA can be found in the forms section of this website.
Instructions on how to fill out your paper logbook are included in the front cover of your logbook.
Original copies of individual logsheets must be returned to AFMA within 3 calendar days of the completion of a trip in either the reply paid envelope provided or posted to:
The Logbook Co-ordinator
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Canberra Business Centre
For quota managed fisheries and/or fisheries that require the completion of a catch disposal record (CDR), logsheets should be returned with the CDR for that trip. All duplicate copies of logsheets and CDRs must be retained.