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Industry news: Robert Keenan joins Vericatch, makers of electronic logbooks (mandatory by 2024)

Robert Keenan, who resigned as the FFAW-Unifor's secretary-treasurer in August, has signed on with British Columbia-based Vericatch, which bills itself as Canada’s first nationally certified electronic logbook (ELOG) provider for lobster and crab fisheries.

His new title is senior manager business development.

Keenan (at podium) worked eight years for the FFAW-Unifor, including chief negotiator for fish price negotiations and two years as secretary-treasurer, the union's second in command. Dave Decker (centre) retired from the FFAW in 2020, but still serves as chair of the union's fish harvesters safety association.

Enterprise owners have historically provided Fisheries and Oceans with information on their fishing activities through paper logbooks, but DFO plans to phase out paper logbook tracking by 2024.

DFO bills its National Electronic Logbook Initiative as providing owner-operators and DFO with near-real time data "to allow for better business and fisheries management, conservation, and protection."

There are more than 80,000 commercial fishing licenses across the country, including almost 3,300 inshore enterprises in this province.

Ryan Cleary,


Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) is a professional, non-profit organization serving as the distinct voice for licensed, independent owner-operator inshore fish harvesters. You can read more about SEA-NL, and join us here.

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