Commercial fishing and fisheries – statutory guidance

How to report fishing activities using an electronic logbook software system

Details of how to report fishing activities, codes for different reports and common species, and extra details for vessel fishing in Norway.


This guidance is intended to assist UK fishing vessel masters when reporting logbook, landing and transhipment declarations using electronic logbook software systems (ELSS). Extra guidance for vessels fishing in Norwegian waters has been included and has been provided to vessels known to be fishing in Norwegian waters.

It is your (the master’s) responsibility to ensure that messages sent are accurate and sent at the required times.

You will be notified by the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO) Fisheries Monitoring Centre (FMC) if electronic logbook data is not received or is incorrect. If a vessel fails to transmit data more than 3 times in a year, then the ELSS will be examined by MMO.

You may transmit corrections to your electronic logbook declarations up to the last transmitted information at the end of fishing and before entering port.