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Electronic Reporting for

New Zealand's Commercial Fishing sector

FishServe Innovations New Zealand (FINNZ) are  providing an All-in-One Electronic Reporting solution for New Zealand's Commercial Fishers to meet MPI’s new Digital Monitoring requirements. 

Please register your interest by providing your details and we will contact you with further information. 

FINNZ  All-in-One Electronic Reporting Solution

  • iPad with FINNZ Deckhand e-Logbook

  • Supports all fishing methods

  • Ruggedised iPad cover - waterproof and drop proof with optional mounting system

  • SolarVMS GPS unit with satellite communications to keep you connected anywhere in NZ

  • Secure Data Management

  • Ongoing support and training


How does the Deckhand e-Logbook work?

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  • Fishermen record their catch and effort reports on the Deckhand e-Logbook

  • The catch  can then be submitted in real-time via mobile data if within cell phone coverage range,  or via via satellite (short burst data) using the Solar VMS if outside of cellphone range.  In all cases the the cheapest available method is used.

  • The SolarVMS will also caputure and report the necessary GPS data that Fisheries NZ (previsously MPI) require 

  • Only the data that is required will be sent to FishServe's Fisheries Management System, which you can access at anytime through your FishServe login

  • With custom add-ons you can also capture more information about your fishing trips for you to use to improve your business. This data will only be available to you. 


Key Features

  • Complete all-in-one solution

    • e-logbook, GPR unit, trusted data management, fully compliant, supported by FishServe Innovations NZ.  Set and Forget – no reason to look elsewhere.
  • 100% compliant - the trusted choice.

    • You are in safe hands . We can ensure that our solution will stand up to regulation requirements. You know you are getting the right system and tools which will ensure you are compliant to new regulations for all fishing methods.
  • Designed to work for you

    • Built with fishermen, for fishermen. The Deckhand e-logbook is designed to work around your fishing practices.
  • Simple and easy to use

    • The intuitive nature of the Deckhand e-Logbook makes entering Catch and Effort reports lightning fast.
  • Your data belongs to you.

    • The information collected by is owned by you. We only share what is required by the regulations. All data transfers are highly secure and encrypted.
  • Fully backed and Supported by FishServe Innovations NZ

    • We are a trusted operator who currently handles NZ Fishers data with integrity.  FINNZ is based at FishServe HQ for all support enquiries – we won’t leave you hanging.


More Benefits

  • Ability to capture and transmit Catch and Effort reports off fishing boats in real time, even when outside of cell coverage, from any part of the world!

  • Support for all fishing methods

  • Works alongside your normal fishing practices

  • Training and on-going support provided by the FINNZ team in New Zealand

  • Dealing with just the one provider for all the tools and systems you need


Our Products:


Deckhand is an iPad-based electronic logbook that can submit your statutory catch and effort data automatically.

No more paperwork, simply enter your catch as you go and once you’ve finished your fishing activities, hit submit and the chosen regulatory data is instantly sent through to the relevant agencies. Deckhand will take care of the rest.

With custom add-ons you can capture more information about your fishing trips for you to use to improve your business.


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Hardware protection.

There are an ever increasing number of suppliers building aftermarket protective cases. These cases include options for full or partial waterproofing, extended battery life as well as a range of mounts and hardwiring accessories.

The Deckhand e-Logbooks come with waterproof  and shockproof protective cases, and an optional mounting system.


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SolarVMS is a global solar vessel tracking system. With this unique technology you can track vessel activity in real time. With cost effective transmission for Catch and Effort data and Geospatial Position Reporting requirements - even in the most remote locations.

  • Simple installation
  • No wiring, no changes to your vessel
  • Solar charging
  • Rugged Construction
  • Low Visual Impact




Who we are

FishServe Innovations New Zealand (FINNZ) is a subsidiary of FishServe. We are leaders in providing specialist IT solutions for fisheries data management in NZ, Australia, the South Pacific and around the world.

FINNZ are actively involved in the design of this solution and have been talking with fishers and MPI to make sure we get this right. FINNZ will also be providing the upfront support and account management services for fishers.

website: www.finnz.com 

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