Title:

Southern Rock Lobster IPA: Assessing functionality and suitability of the iPhone application 'Deckhand' for on-board electronic data capture in Southern Australian Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii) fisheries

Project Number:

2011-250

Organisation:

South Eastern Professional Fishermen's Association Inc (SEPFA)

Principal Investigator:

Justin Phillips

Project Status:

Completed

FRDC Expenditure:

$94,490.00

Program(s):

Industry

Final Report - 2011-250-DLD - Southern Rock Lobster IPA: Assessing functionality and suitability of the iPhone [iPad] application 'Deckhand' for on-board electronic data capture in Southern Australian Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii) fisheries.

Final Report
ISBN:978-0-646-93919-3
ISSN:
Author(s):
Date Published:June 2015

Principal Investigator: Justin Phillips

Key Words: deckhand, rock lobster, app, real time data

Summary: The key recommendations of that report were for any future electronic data capture system to;
• Utilise a touch screen interface robust enough to use on deck.
• Cause minimal interruption to the fishing operation.
• Use wireless communication (mobile / satellite network) for uploading data and downloading
software updates.
• Provide real time (or minimum near time on a daily basis) data.
• Interact with existing database systems.
• Collect data directly linked to the management of the fishery.
• Receive inputs from a wide variety of sensors.
• Be easily modified to respond to changes in data requirements.
This project (2011/250) intended to address all of these recommendations with a view to
implementing a practical and operational system within the SZRLF.

The project aimed to deliver a functional on-board electronic data capture system which
addressed requirements of regulators, research agencies and industry, and to do so costeffectively.
Ultimately, the project has resulted in functional and robust on-board electronic reporting
mechanism for fisherman which will be adopted on a fishery-wide basis in the SZRLF for the
2015-16 season, as well as being trialled currently in a number of other ‘like’ fisheries including
the South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery (NZRLF).

Objectives

1. A functional on-board electronic data capture system which addresses the requirements of regulators, research agencies and industry.

2. A detailed Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA).

3. A simpler, consolidated, more efficient way of reporting a day's catch.

4. Enhanced resource sustainability through the provision of improved information.

5. More efficient and effective, and therefore profitable, operation at the individual business level through the provision of more detailed information in a timely fashion.