4. Format and submission of fishery expert log

The fishery expert is responsible for submitting a log to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Directorate of Fisheries after completion of a mission. The deadline for submission is two weeks after the mission has finished.

The fishery expert has a duty to submit the log according to a specified format. 


The log should be submitted in electronic format.
A standardised format for the log has been enclosed in this manual. It is also available on the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s web site (www.npd.no). The various forms included in the log can also be downloaded from the web site.

Note that documents and printed matter intended for print-outs must be written in Times New Roman, size 12. No other fonts should be used.

The log shall consist of four main parts in the following order: 

Standard front page:

The information on the front page shall be filled in to the extent that it is available. It is particularly important to fill in the name of the survey and the reference number (case number) from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and, if applicable, also from the Directorate of Fisheries.


Give a brief summary of the course of events and any incidents that occurred during the survey, as well as other matters that may be of relevance. Participation in the kick-off meeting shall be described.

Log from the mission:

An accurate log shall be kept containing a balanced amount of detailed descriptions. A description of the fishing activities and contact with other vessels in the area is a central element in this respect. The description of the course of events shall indicate the time the events took place and be recorded in a manner that makes it possible to reconstruct any incidents that the vessel has been involved in.

In the event of an incident, a description of the following must be provided:

In the event of an incident, a description of the following must be provided:


  • Date and time
  • Position
  • Weather conditions
    (wind speed, wind direction and wave height)
  • Brief description of the situation.

    This may include:

  • What was the vessel doing at the time? (deploying, retrieving or towing streamers)
  • Loss of equipment in connection with seismic streamer operations or electromagnetic surveys must be entered in the log.
  • Fishing activities in the area o Contact or lack of contact with vessels
  • Conflict situations
  • General observations that may be relevant to the licence


Statistics form – supplementary log form

The Norwegian authorities aim to obtain a better overview of activities on the field during acquisition of seismic data. Consequently, the fishery expert must prepare a report on a standardised form and enclose it with the log.

At the outset of the fishery expert’s duty period, any previous information relevant for the mission must be provided, as well as information about the seismic data acquisition and the fishery expert. Information about production, activity and communication on the field must be indicated on the form on a daily basis. It is important that this takes place consecutively and to the best of one’s judgement, and that this is not postponed until the end of the mission. Pay particular attention to “number of incidents involving fishing vessels”. This refers to major incidents where a problem has arisen between the fishery expert and the fishing vessel that could not be resolved there and then, and that required the involvement of other authorities (the Coast Guard).


Topics: Seismic