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eTUNALOG: Smart PDF Manager
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 16:14

The eTUNALOG product, developed by SPC/OFP, is an application designed to run on any Windows-based laptop/tablet/desk-top installed on-board commercial tuna fishing vessels operating in the WCPFC Area.

The eTUNALOG application is designed to replace the need for skippers to manually complete hard-copy vessel trip LOGSHEETS for submission to national and sub-regional authorities as a licensing condition.

At this stage, eTUNALOG covers the Purse Seine, as well as the Longline fishery (more recently).




Features of eTUNALOG include:

  • The use of a user-friendly smart PDF form which is identical to the regional standard hard-copy LOGSHEET form, thereby, satisfying licensing conditions, and the vessel skipper is already familiar with the format for recording information, so there is a quick uptake in using the system;
  • Extensive on-line error checking built into the PDF form to ensure the data quality;
  • Data in concise format (XML file) are encrypted and sent as email attachment to authorised data recipients;
  • Data can be transmitted back to shore via email at any time; that is, complete or incomplete trip data can be transmitted to the authorised onshore base(s) at any time;
  • System will allow for many authorised recipients to receive the emailed data simultaneously;
  • On receipt at the national fisheries authority offices, the data are easily uploaded into the TUFMAN database system through a series of prompts which includes an audit of the data;
  • The data structures can be made available for import into other database systems, as required;
  • An in-built reporting system will allow the vessel and the fishing company to produce reports relevant to their requirements;
  • Future versions will include PDF digital signatures and fishing company stamps, where these may be required; and
  • The application will be available, free of cost, after online registration.

    For a more detailed presentation, you can download the associated Powerpoint presentation




    You will find here the latest version of eTUNALOG, v1.41 (English & French), which includes the new FAD recording form, as well as the LONGLINE form (expanded version, French version available) - In addition to the PURSE SEINE form.


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