Vellekoop & Meesters plays an important role in our ICT. In the Netherlands and Europe there are many regulations on the fisheries domain. There are various devices to determine who may fish when and where, and with what fishing gear and vessel. We write down the fishing quotas and catches and report therewith. A good automation to support this process is increasingly important, an automation that is tailored to our chain partners. The rules change from time to time and thus our automation needs to be flexible and changeable. We also want to keep the administrative burdens of fishermen limited while keeping finances in mind.

"Vellekoop & Meesters provides good support, they translate our requirements to workable frameworks. They respond to our changing environment. It also helps that users and developers work directly together here. That reinforces the idea of mutual understanding and contributes to the practical solutions that we appreciate."

Marc Schakenraad
Management Team member of the Executive Animal Agro-chains and Animal Welfare, cluster Fishery and ICT

Modernising fishery by spatial information management

Executive Animal Agro-chains and animal welfare

Vellekoop & Meesters has been working with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture & Innovation ( EL&I former LNV) for quite some time to improve the implementation of fishery subsidies. We help the Ministry transition from a paper-oriented organization to a digitally proficient organization that grants its services to fishermen and shipping companies via the internet (100%).

In light of this, the Ministry of EL&I asked us to digitize the registration of fishing waters. A digital and spatial registration of fishing waters gives more of a grip on the fishing fees/rights that the Ministry grants. Further, it is better able to share the information about fishing waters and fishing rights with other public authorities, the fishing industry and the public. This promotes the supervision of compliance with the fishery legislation. Through this the Ministry also conforms to the obligations of the European Inspire Guideline. This guideline obliges the European Member States to provide geo-information regarding 34 themes with metadata, to harmonize the information and make it publicly available.

Vellekoop & Meesters provided the methods guidance, conducted a business analysis, made the functional design, coordinated the test and helped with the introduction of digital fishing water registration.