Alaska celebrates eLandings milestones

16 Sep 2015

Fisheries managers, fishers, and seafood processors across the state of Alaska are celebrating 10 years and 500,000 landing reports this month for the innovative Interagency Electronic Reporting System, better known as eLandings.

NOAA Fisheries, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission kicked off eLandings 10 years ago to bring Alaska fisheries reporting into the modern era, and consolidate reporting to three fishery management agencies. The program was first implemented for the rationalised crab program in 2005. In subsequent years, eLandings was expanded to include Individual Fishing Quota sablefish and halibut, groundfish, and most recently, salmon.  

Thanks to industry input, the reporting system has also expanded to include additional components, including an eLogbook to support electronic reporting from the at-sea fleet; tLandings for tendered groundfish and salmon vessels; observer fee reports; and the eLandings integrated Commercial Operators Annual Report. In addition, the system provides export of the information so that seafood processors can integrate the data with their own business tracking systems.  

“eLandings has made a big improvement in the timeliness and quality of the information used in fisheries management” said ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten. “Electronic reporting has also enabled the department to reduce our printing and data entry costs, which is critical in today’s fiscal climate.”  

According to a recent cost-benefits evaluation of eLandings, the reporting system has met the programs goals, including eliminating the requirements for industry to report the same information more than once. An additional benefit has been improved communication between the seafood industry and agency staff, as well as opportunities for the exchange of ideas regarding changes that could improve the system.

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