How we started, our path along the way, and what we are up to now.
Founded in 2000, we started our journey as a custom business system development company. We worked for customers large, small, and in between. One of those large customers was the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (aka the DFO). They became a long-term customer and our first foray into the world of commercial fishing.
In 2001 we built the first federal government system that allowed for the purchase of anything online - The National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS). It was a success and opened the doors to us working on front line commercial fisheries systems for the DFO. Fast forward to 2008 and many new and upgraded systems for the DFO later, we attended our first ever fisheries conference and learned that a lot of the world's fisheries at the time wished they could have fisheries managed and monitored like the BC Groundfish fisheries we had been working in. We realized we had very specialized knowledge of how those fisheries operated and made up our minds to start our next journey.
We decided to build a comprehensive modular system designed to be used by fishers to collect data that regulations dictated they must, and by government to manage the fisheries using it. Management of the fisheries would include managing the fisher supplied data, performing quota transfers, fleet messaging, issuing licenses, and copious amounts of reporting on the status of the fisheries involved.
By 2010 FACTS™ (Fishing Activity and Catch Tracking System) was born and in use in Groundfish fisheries here in BC, as well as Groundfish fisheries in the Northeast US. We have added and now proudly serve the Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff in Maryland (2012) and Michigan (2017) with large scale implementations of FACTS™.
As this site is about our corporate history, if you would like to know more about FACTS™ and what we are up to these days you may want to check out our product site for FACTS™
Kind words from great people we've worked for.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
On behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada I would like to thank Electric Edge Systems Group and in particular Bryan Stevenson and Phil Bailey for their significant contribution to the successful development of our new Electronic Monitoring program in the groundfish fisheries. Your system development efforts were key to finishing this very challenging and ground breaking 2 year project that has been called by some as "the most significant change to fishery monitoring in the last 30 years".
Your willingness to work long hours under challenging conditions and still produce a high quality product on time are noted and sincerely appreciated by the Department and industry. We would be pleased to act as a reference for your future work. Please contact Lorne Collicutt at 250-756-7273 for specific reference information. Please feel free to use this correspondence in any promotional material for your company. Once again, thank you and your hard work and perseverance during this important project.
Deputy Director Radford
Sustainable Harvest Sector
This letter is in reference for Electric Edge Systems Group of Victoria, British Columbia. The Sustainable Harvest Sector (SHS) is a fishermen's cooperative of over 100 permits licensed in the New England multispecies groundfishery. In 2010, the fishery largely converted from an input-based fishery management system (via regulated allowable days-at-sea) to an output-based system (via hard total allowable catches). Each cooperative, or "sector", is allocated a share of the total allowable catch. The Sustainable Harvest Sector manages about a third of the total fishery's allocation, and is responsible for ensuring that its membership does not exceed quotas.
As is common in other US fisheries, the National Marine Fisheries Service collects catch information (such as species caught, capture location, fishing gear employed, and so forth) via paper forms mailed to the Service by fishermen. This system is inadequate for timely management of a quota based fishery, and the SHS decided it required an electronic catch reporting system to improve data transmission speed and reliability, and to reduce mistakes and transcription problems common to the paper system.
After reviewing a government-provided option, along with other software products available from private sector firms, the SHS selected Electric Edge Systems to develop an electronic logbook reporting program for use at sea, plus an integrated shoreside quota management and trading platform. Development and customization of these applications is currently underway. We chose Electric Edge because of their:
- Experience in multispecies fishery data management with complex stock/area allocation schemas
- Ability to interface smoothly with National Marine Fisheries Service data protocols
- Implementation of leading edge software products such as Adobe Air, and well-designed web data portals
- Flexible system design allowing for multiple data layers and ability to support fishery management plan changes
- Ease of installation and use on board vessels
- Ongoing success with Electric Edge's onboard and onshore applications for trip hails processing and dockside monitoring coordination (in continuous use by the SHS since May, 2010)
Electric Edge offered the best combination of product features, system support, and investment value. Considering their experience in other fisheries and the quality of their electronic hails system, we believe this electronic logbook program will be straightforward for them to develop and successful from the start.
Senior Systems Analyst
BC Ferry Corporation
Greg Rusak and Phil Bailey of Electric Edge Systems Group have provided a wide variety of software development services to BC Ferries over the last four years. Most recently, I managed a major development project in which Greg and Phil were instrumental. The project involved the design, creation, and implementation of several mission-critical software applications that replaced legacy, mainframe-based systems. Greg and Phil were a pleasure to work with. Their skill, professionalism, and enthusiasm were greatly appreciated.
Dr. Vodder School
Electric Edge was easy to work with and laid out a clear plan of work that needed to be done and the costs involved. They were quick to respond to any concerns and corrections to be made as we proceeded through the work...we greatly appreciated their commitment.
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