Tri Marine Continues To Develop Fisheries Managment Technology with eTunalog
For Immediate Release on 15 April, 2014
Tri Marine continues to develop fisheries management technology with "eTunalog", an electronic reporting system developed by Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) for capturing purse seiner Regional Log Sheet Data. Using eTunalog improves data flow efficiency and accuracy while contributing to fishery management and sustainability.
The eTunalog system is both efficient and convenient for captains and navigators, utilizing a clear user interface. File folders and backup systems secure all data. The logs can be transmitted easily via the vessel’s email. Over time, eTunalog will be integrated into existing fleet management systems, providing a single, efficient data entry method for the vessel officers.
In 2013 eTunalog was launched on six vessels for a total of 10 trips, including National Fisheries Developments (NFD), a Tri Marine company that owns and operates purse seiners in the Solomon Islands. eTunalog was well received due to its user friendly platform. Further trials will be conducted onboard 5 other Tri Marine American Samoa based purse seiners.
eTunalog reports can be generated in various formats and reporting can be set daily, weekly, or at the end of each trip. The system’s efficiency reduces the communication costs between boats, fishing companies, and fisheries authorities. Government agencies like NORMA (Federated States of Micronesia), MIMRA (Marshall Islands), and MFMR (Solomon Islands) will be able to upload eTunalog data to their national TUFMAN databases. NOAA (USA) is able to use the flat PDF files generated by the system. Log sheets are automatically audited before staff authorizes integration, which adds to system security and credibility. As a result, FFA has approved eTunalog as acceptable reporting tool.
Tri Marine continues to support important technological innovations like the TUNALOG which improves data flow efficiency. Developments like this not only reduce paperwork for vessels and government agencies, but also provide more accurate and timely scientific data needed for improved fisheries management.
Background on Tri Marine
A privately held company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Tri Marine has offices in 14 countries with 12 processing plants strategically located around the globe. The company’s fleet of 21 fishing vessels operates primarily in the Western Pacific, ten based in American Samoa. Since its founding in 1971 in Singapore, Tri Marine has grown to be one of the largest tuna supply companies in the world serving well-known CPG brands as well as processing plants and fishing companies.