August 25, 2005
Alaska Department of Fish & Game staff are meeting with Dutch Harbor processors this week to review the recently launched eLandings system. Processor comments have been very positive, noting that non-redundant reporting means improved operating efficiency.
"Up to now, we have relied upon carbon copies to report harvests worth billions of dollars from Alaska's fisheries," said David Bedford, Deputy Commissioner at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "Given technological advancements, it seems both timely and appropriate that we move from carbon copies to computers to assist us in collecting this important data."
The eLandings system moves Alaska fisheries reporting into the modern era, leaving behind paper fish tickets and consolidating the reporting requirements of National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
Eventually, the new electronic reporting system will be used for Bristol Bay red king crab, Bering Sea snow (opilio) crab, Bering Sea bairdi Tanner crab, Pribilof Islands red and blue king crab, St. Matthew blue king crab, and western Aleutian Island red king crab fisheries.
Plans are also underway to expand the new electronic reporting system in 2006 to include reported data collected in the Alaska federal and state groundfish fisheries, and in the halibut fishery.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, NOAA Fisheries, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, consultants, and fish processors worked together designing the new system.
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