Real Time Data Secures Second Round of NFWF Funding

Real Time Data Secures Second Round of NFWF Funding to Support Electronic Data Collection in Alaska Fixed Gear Groundfish Fisheries

Real Time Data (RTD), a fisherman-founded software company, has been awarded funding by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program to expand their pilot electronic logbook project for the Gulf of Alaska fixed gear groundfish fisheries, beginning during the 2024 halibut and sablefish season. Fishermen who are currently reporting on paper in Alaska’s halibut and sablefish fisheries are eligible to participate. Up to 60 additional fishermen will have the opportunity to acquire equipment and RTD’s flagship electronic logbook software, Deckhand, with support from this funding.

The Deckhand team believes that electronic logbooks should be a wheelhouse essential to benefit fishermen and their businesses in modern times. Deckhand is used across dozens of fisheries in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States by harvesters, associations, and seafood processors. The platform helps streamline onboard record keeping and business processes throughout the industry. 

The trial will run for two seasons. The Deckhand team continues to enjoy close collaboration with Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association, North Pacific Fisheries Association, Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Region, and International Pacific Halibut Commission to coordinate the project.

“The first year of this project proved to be a success based on feedback from industry,” said Lange Solberg, commercial fisherman and US manager for RTD. “Captains were able to complete their reports in a fraction of the time it took to do so on paper using Deckhand. And with new catch data features in addition to reporting that have never before been seen in the wheelhouse, this next phase of the project will really be a paradigm shift. I’m grateful to see this program expand with ongoing support from fishermen, project partners, and NFWF.”

For media inquiries, contact the Deckhand team at 360-399-6993 or send an email to  info@deckhandlogbook.com. Photos are available upon request.

Real Time Data has revolutionized fisheries data collection since 2010 at its Adelaide, Australia and Bellingham, Washington headquarters. RTD continues to lead innovation in the global fishing market with its logbook platform, Deckhand. Staff in Australia and the US are committed to providing the best technology in the world for a future of sustainable fisheries, happy fishermen, and healthy fishing businesses.  For more, go to deckhandlogbook.com or visit @deckhandlogbook on all Facebook, Instagram, and X.