Information about ERS

Information about ERS

From 1st of August 2021 it will be mandatory for fishing vessels of 17 meters in length overall (LOA) to use Electronic Reporting System (ERS).

The Executive Order can be found on the Government of Greenland’s website at

There is a time period for implementation of ERS of 6 months, so all vessels must use ERS no later than 6 months after the Executive Order enters into force – i.e. no later than 31 January 2022. Due to COVID-19, this date has been postponed until 31 March 2022.

On 1st of August 2023 the requirement of using ERS will be extended to fishing vessels of 15 m LOA and above.

Smaller fishing vessels can choose to use ERS voluntarily.

GFLK provides the ERS software, while it is the responsibility of the owner of the fishing vessel to provide hardware in the form of a PC and communication equipment.
The ERS software takes up approx. 50MB and can run on all newer PCs with the Windows v. 10 operating system or newer versions.
The PC must be connected to a device that can communicate with GFLK’s ERS server.
The communication can be made over the Internet or by a satellite transciever approved by GFLK.
GFLK has approved Thrane & Thrane (TT-3027, TT-3026) and Polaris (SiriusOne).

GFLK can assist with installing the ERS software, setting up the software to suit the fishery in which the vessel participates, and guidance in daily use.

From the time a vessel begins its use of ERS, a paper logbook will have to be kept along side for a period of three months in order to ensure that any problems with the implementation of new routines on the vessels at the transition to electronic logbook do not degrade the data quality.

The rules regarding hail messages should be easily recognizable in the new Executive Order. For vessels fishing exclusively in Greenlandic waters, special attention is paid to deadlines and content in the departure notification when leaving port (replaces departure notification), daily catch notification (replaces weekly hail messages and paper logbook) and port notification before entering port (replaces passive notification). Pay special attention to the fact that all vessels – including those with shorter trips – are covered by the hail message rules.

Get started with ERS

GFLK will make regular contact with the covered vessels in the period between 1st of August and 1st of November 2021, and help the vessels with a good start of using ERS.

Vessels wishing to start ERS as soon as possible are welcome to contact GFLK to get started.

Download the vCatch User Guide here: vCatch Brugervejledning v. (danish)

English version is coming soon.

To download the latest version of vCatch, use this link:

Contact GFLK regarding support for ERS

The mailbox is continuously being monitored in opening hours between 8.00 AM and 4.00 PM Western Greenland Standard. Additionally, any urgent inquiries regarding ERS are handled weekdays at 11.59 PM UTC and weekends at 4.00 PM UTC and 11.59 PM UTC.

Regular telephone opening hours are weekdays between 8.00 AM and 3.00 PM Western Greenland Standard at +299 34 50 00. In case of urgent support outside of normal opening hours, GFLK’s hotline can be contacted at +299 54 79 05 between 11.00 UTC and 11.59 PM UTC weekdays and from 11.00 AM to 11.59 AM and again between 11.00 PM UTC and 11.59 PM UTC on weekends.

To quickly offer support where we cannot physically be present, it is often necessary that we can access the computer where vCatch is installed. We use TeamViewer for remote support, which can be downloaded for free here: (takes up about 18 MB of space).

The recipient always has full control of the remote access via TeamViewer.

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Sales note reporting for fishermen

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Here you can read about registration of bycatches, including corals, sea fungi, marine mammals and birds.

Hail Messages

Here you can read about the different types of hail messages and find templates

Logbook keeping

Here you can read about different types of logbooks

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