To support efficient fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS), Starboard brings in fishing registration data from Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs). This data is available for corresponding vessels by matching vessel details in RFMO fishing registers with vessel details in the Starboard database.

Current fishing registration details from RFMOs are listed in Starboard which can be found in the vessel details panel and in the vessel report. Authorisation details from RFMO registers are also available within Starboard’s advanced filtering.


In [Register]

The vessel is in the stated RFMO fishing register and was matched with the corresponding vessel in Starboard


X Not in [Register]

The vessel is not in the stated RFMO fishing register

or

The vessel is in the stated RFMO fishing register but was unable to be matched with the corresponding vessel in Starboard


Vessel details from the register are currently included in Starboard in addition to the existing AIS vessel information. In future the more accurate and granular register information will be used to replace AIS vessel information in the Starboard database.

List of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO) data

Fishing registration data is imported and updated regularly. The last updated date can be found at the bottom of registration details for each registered vessel in the app.

How Starboard matches vessels from registers

Vessel details in RFMO fishing registers are compared with the vessel details in the Starboard database. In order of assumed accuracy, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number, callsign, and vessel name are matched iteratively.

  1. We look for matches between the vessel’s RFMO IMO number (if available) and Starboard’s IMO number.

  2. If unmatched, we look for matches between the vessel’s RFMO callsign (if available) and vessel callsigns in Starboard.

  3. If still unmatched, we look for matches on vessel names.

The results are manually checked and any incorrect or duplicate matches are discarded, leaving correct matches to be brought into Starboard.

Unmatched vessels occur if the vessel is not in the Starboard database or if AIS reports of vessels contain incorrect or insufficient information. This could result in vessels which are in the RFMO fishing register but are falsely marked as ‘Not in [Register]’.

How Starboard matches on vessel names

We look for RFMO and Starboard vessel names that differ by only a few characters, quantified using an edit distance, a measure of how many edits (additions, deletions, substitutions) are required to match the original name. We select the best match out of the possible vessel names using the following assumptions:

  • If the RFMO vessel name has a numeric component, then we assume that the Starboard vessel also has the same numeric component (for example, if ‘NO.136’ is in the RFMO vessel name, ‘136’ must also be in the Starboard vessel name).

  • An edit distance match of 0 (an exact match) is better than an edit distance match of 1 is better than an edit distance match of 2. If we find a match at a lower edit distance we stop looking.

  • The country matching is better than the country not matching.

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