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ARTICLES

Updates and general interest articles about Deckhand™ and electronic reporting.

Deckhand™ Pro Logs Another Season on the F/V Iceberg Point

I recently returned from Alaska, having safely completed my twentieth year in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to blend my role as a skipper with my position as Deckhand Logbook’s business development manager for North America, where our primary goal as a company is to develop and deploy Deckhand as…

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DECKHAND™ PRO APPROVED BY NMFS FOR eVTRs

Real Time Data’s Deckhand Pro electronic logbook was approved as an official electronic vessel trip report (eVTR) application by the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office in early May. This means that soon, federally-permitted fishermen will be able to use the software to collect data and submit eVTRs once the software goes “live” later this summer…

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DECKHAND™ PRO: NORTH TO ALASKA

For many, December is a time for throttling back, perhaps taking some time off work, and enjoying holiday festivities. For others, the holiday season is the time to depart for the frigid fishing grounds of the Bering Sea, in search of an abundant opilio (snow) crab harvest.

In collaboration with the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers…

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NEW PROPOSED & FINAL RULES PUBLISHED FOR GREATER ATLANTIC & GULF OF MEXICO ELECTRONIC REPORTING

On July 17, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule for expanding electronic reporting in the Greater Atlantic Region. This rule mandates 100% electronic reporting for commercial fishermen in the Mid-Atlantic and New England Council fishery management regions as well as federally-permitted for-hire party/charter operators in the New England management region…

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MEET LANGE SOLBERG

Meet Lange Solberg, Business Development Manager for Real Time Data’s North America operations. For two years, Lange has expanded RTD’s Australia origins into commercial fishing markets in the US and Canada. With offices based on Bellingham, Washington’s working waterfront, Lange continues to work hard at making RTD’s flagship product, the Deckhand electronic logbook, a tool…

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ELECTRONIC REPORTING MANDATES HOT TOPIC AMONG COUNCILS

Three federal fishery management councils on both US coasts have recently been discussing and acting on electronic logbook-related policies.
Since 2018, the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils have been deliberating on whether or not all commercial fishermen harvesting species managed by the councils should switch to mandatory electronic vessel trip reports (eVTRs). Charter…

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TECHNOLOGY AT SEA: A REFRESHER ON EM, ER, AND VMS.

The evolution of technology in commercial fisheries is as constant as the industry itself. Traps, nets, engines, electronics, and materials have always been changing at varying paces through time. It is worth remembering that adopting new technologies, even if in some cases it’s mandator, can empower fishermen and make one’s operation more efficient. Key among…

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