The Minister for Fisheries in Iceland has announced that from next year all fishing vessels must submit their landings through an electronic logbook.
Last week, Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries signed the new regulation into law which means data on landings (discharges) will be entered electronically either by submitting it via an electronic log or through a mini-program developed by the Directorate of Fisheries.
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture:
“By adopting electronic power logging, we are utilising the technology to simplify the provision of this information while at the same time enhancing the efficiency of communication between individuals and companies with the government. After this change, there will be no need to hand-over this information to paper and send to the agencies, but this will now all be done through an electronic discharge journal or a separate app. There is a lot of agreement here from all parties. “
With the changes, all registrations will be electronic, but the rules governing what should be registered are unchanged. Operations are responsible for returns and power recording and returns must be completed electronically before unloading at the dock after the fishing trip. This also applies to the electronic discharge log, but previously it had been up to six weeks to return it to land.
The draft regulation was presented on the government consultation portal, dated. December 23, 2019
Source: Iceland Government