AK setnetters use a brailer bag to offload salmon catches

AK setnetters use a brailer bag to offload salmon catches to a tender

January 27, 2017

Integrating tLandings inputs with     hopper scales will be field tested by Alaska salmon  tenders this  summer.

It’s part of the Department of Fish and Game’s goal of using electronic reporting instead of paper fish tickets whenever possible.

We were approached by industry to see if we could modify one of our applications, the tLandings application onboard tenders to allow for automatic documentation of the scale weights. //We’re working with Trident seafoods and Rice Lake Weights, who make flex weight scales, to try and integrate our applications and their scale heads, and capture those weights which would provide more accurate and more rapid reporting for groundfish and for salmon that are delivered to tenders.

Gail Smith is eLandings program coordinator for the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. About 20 percent of Alaska’s 600-700 tender boats have hoppers over hanging scales, but more are going in that direction due to better weighing accuracy.

A bag that is hung from a hanging scale that has quite a lot of weight associated with the fish inside, it bounces up and down more and so it’s hard to get a good accurate weight.  

Tender tests last year on cod and pollock were very successful, Smith says and  plans are underway to test the scale tie-in on  a Trident salmon tender this summer at Cordova.

With our first groundfish trials it was quite successful and now we want to modify it to the salmon landings because we’ve got more species and different delivery conditions, so we want to make sure it provides rapid, efficient documentation of the catch. That’s   important for fish and game and the sellers and buyers of the product.  

Another tLandings tablet version is aimed at setnetters and smaller tenders in more remote areas, like Bristol Bay  That project is in partnership with Alaska General Seafoods and North Pacific Seafoods for this summer.

The electronic reporting projects are funded by NOAA Fisheries and Pacific State Marine Fisheries Commission.

I think at this point we have a fairly mature system and we are always taking feedback from industry and modifying each one of these applications. We never consider them to be done.  

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