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Fishing Catches: Computer Software

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure the effectiveness of the catch recording app.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The catch recording service was developed using input from and testing with users. A ‘soft launch’ was also undertaken in 2019 where the app was tested by under-10 metre fishing vessel owners who submitted data from over 100 individual fishing trips.

During the full roll out phase of the service, further feedback is being used to make additional improvements to both the guidance and system functionality. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) will continue to provide further support to the English fleet to help them adapt to the new digital solution.

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