In 2008, we were contracted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to develop a Recreational Electronic Logbook Program (Rec ELog) to be used primarily by recreational fishing guides and lodges to report their catch. We are currently enhancing a mobile Recreational ELog app for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices.
The mobile Rec ELog app has been used primarily by guides and lodges up to this point. It is now being enhanced to be used by individual recreational fishermen to report their fishing data.
Future versions of the app will incorporate a design that will be geared more towards the individual recreational angler.
We Need Your Help – Testers Wanted!
M.C. Wright and Associates and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are looking for interested individuals who would be willing to use the Rec ELog software to report their fishing data in the 2016-17 fishing season. The results of this beta testing will be crucial in developing the most effective catch reporting tool possible.
Benefits of Rec ELog
Fishing Guides and Lodges – The current version of the Rec ELog Software has been in use for several years by some members of the guiding community to report catch data with positive results. We are looking to expand upon our testing fleet so that we can improve the functionality and user experience of the existing app. If you are a fishing guide or a lodge operator who would be interested in reporting your fishing catch using the Rec ELog Software, please send an email stating your expression of interest here.
Recreational Fishermen (Sporties) - In coming years, there will be increased emphasis on self-reporting within the recreational angling community. The Rec ELog software is a tool that anglers can use to record and report their catch. If you would like to contribute to the development of the Rec Elog Software, here is your opportunity! We are looking for enthusiastic recreational anglers who would be interested in beta testing the Rec ELog software during the 2016/2017 fishing season. To find out more, please send an email stating your interest here.
Data Collected by Rec ELog
Data collected includes information on location, trip duration and the catch. Once uploaded, the fishing data is stored in a corporate database, which provides an organized, efficient system for managers to access the data they need to make effective and timely management decisions.
Data collected includes:
A wide variety of species can be reported with the Rec ELog software including salmon, groundfish (example: halibut and lingcod), rockfish, and any other fish species encountered by the recreational angling community. In addition to finfish data, anglers can also report on shellfish catch including crab, prawn, and bivalve mollusc.
Rec ELog Software Modules
|Smartphones used by guides to report clients' catch. Currently being tested by recreational anglers.||Tablets used by guides or lodge staff to record catch information for the lodge, individual guides, clients and rooms.||Desktops used by lodges to receive data from the on-water and/or dockside devices. Data is used by lodges and exported to DFO.|
Importance of Data Collection
With an increasing number of recreational anglers taking to the tidal waters of Coastal British Columbia, it has become more and more important to collect accurate and timely fishing information in order to effectively manage and ensure a sustainable fishery.
Coastal British Columbia is a world-renowned destination for recreational fishing; the number of anglers taking part in the recreational fishery continues to grow. This increased demand on the fishery has come at a time when fish stocks and the marine ecosystem as a whole is being stressed by a variety of other factors such as climate change and increased industrial activity. This situation highlights the need for collaboration among all user groups to provide the data that managers need to ensure a sustainable fishery. Due to the ecological and economic importance of fish stocks on the BC coast, managers are mandated to follow a precautionary approach to fisheries management. This means that the amount of fishing opportunities managers can provide for the public is limited by the amount and quality of the data available to guide the decision making process. By adopting the Rec Elog software as a means of reporting catch data, the recreational community will ensure that fishing can continue sustainably for years to come.
Background of Recreation ELog Software
In light of the necessity for a cost-effective technique of acquiring reliable recreational catch data, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) began a feasibility study in 2006 for developing a Recreational Catch Logbook Program. Initially the program consisted of recreational guides and lodges filling out paper logbooks, which were then sent in to DFO to be entered into a database.
In 2008, M.C. Wright and Associates was contracted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to develop a Recreational Electronic Logbook Program to be used primarily by recreational fishing guides and lodges. The program was launched as a pilot in 2008. This software initially existed in several formats – all of which were designed to run on Windows-based devices. The on-water version of the software was used by guides to record their catch while on a fishing trip. Once back at the lodge, guides would sync their devices to a desktop version of the software, which would then upload the catch data to the government database. Data was also stored by the desktop software for later use by the guides and lodge operators. The other version of the software was a dockside program, which would allow guides to enter their paper logbook data into a laptop or tablet, which could then be synced to the desktop version to upload the data to DFO’s corporate information system. The smartphone mobile application version does not require synchronizing to a desktop program. Data collected with the mobile application can be uploaded directly to FOC’s DFO’s corporate information system when the mobile device is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network.