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Electronic logbooks (ELOGS)

What are ELOGS?

Historically, reports from fish harvesters data from their activities have been provided to Fisheries and Oceans Canada via paper logbooks. In recent years, an effort has been made to streamline the process of sharing and collecting information using electronic logbooks applications (ELOGS).

Since 2017, select fisheries in Canada have been using ELOGS on a trial basis. However, a national ELOGS initiative is now underway at Fisheries and Oceans Canada that will see the phasing out of paper logbook tracking by 2024.

The main objectives of the National Electronic Logbook initiative will be to:

For fish harvesters

The National Electronic Logbook initiative will allow fish harvesters to submit their catch data electronically on their own personal device which will help commercial fish harvesters manage their business and help ensure good modern fisheries management and protection across Canada.

If you would like to start using an ELOG, please see the following links:

Still need help? You can contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada directly by:

For developers

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is excited to be launching the National Electronic Logbook (ELOG) initiative. This program will position Canada on the leading edge of catch data reporting in the fishing industry, and will provide harvesters and DFO with near-real time data to allow for better business and fisheries management, conservation, and protection of our precious ocean resources.

With more than 80,000 commercial licenses across the country, there is a tremendous opportunity for third party developers to support this transformation. By participating in this initiative, developers will be supporting Canadian innovation and helping to build the future of our ocean economy.

DFO creates ELOGS standards. Third-party developers create qualified applications for harvesters to use to submit data in real-time to DFO.

Commercial fishers are required to purchase or obtain qualified third-party applications. DFO establishes requirements for third-party development. Third-party development companies develop qualified applications. With that information, DFO receives real-time data for decision making.

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