UK - The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has recently written to owners of 12 to 15 meter fishing vessels in England setting out what the fleet needs to do, and when they need to do it by, to comply with electronic logbook regulations.
The letter (PDF 122 KB) describes the three ways to send electronic logbook data and the current reporting process that allows paper-based and electronic logbooks to both be used, so users can test and practise using electronic logbooks without compromising their fishing data. Paper logbooks will be phased out to meet EU regulations.
The letter also explains that MMO is continuing to meet with the fishing industry, in co-operation with the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, to discuss technical and financial aspects relating to getting and using the equipment.
In January and February 2014, MMO expects to have seen all 12 to 15 metre vessels that are fishing make attempts to send an electronic logbook.
By the end of February 2014, MMO will identify vessels that have yet to make efforts to use their electronic logbook and start to investigate.
By March 2014, vessels failing to engage at all with electronic logbooks may be refused permission to sail to meet our EU obligation.
From April 2014, MMO expects to start withdrawing paper logbooks and set vessels as electronic logbooks only. This is likely to be done area by area to allow MMO to provide as much support as possible during the changeover.
By July 2014, MMO intends to remove paper logbooks from 12 to 15 metre vessels but there will be a period of education before moving to full enforcement.
The target for full enforcement is September 2014.
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