The fishing log (DP) is an obligation applicable to certain Union fishing vessels, which results, inter alia, from the Union Control Regime, established by Council Regulation (EC) 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009, applicable to certain vessels engaged in fishing activities in Union waters under the sovereignty or jurisdiction of the Member States, waters regulated by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and third countries, and therefore appears as one of the data collection instruments necessary for the management of the fishing sector, as well as the verification of compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, and corresponds to declaratory acts of fishing activities and operations under the exclusive responsibility of the crew member invested in command functions of the vessel, whose support varies depending on the overall length (cff).

Electronic Fishing Journal+

DGRM has developed a new computer application that simplifies the filling of the electronic fishing diary by professionals of fishing vessels. This new solution is integrated in the SIMPLEX + 2017 program, with ref. Measure # 230 - Electronic Fishing Journal+ (DPE+). Electronic Fishing Journal (DPe +) version for the office environment. This version is not valid for installation on board fishing vessels.

If the computer on which the installation is to be installed already has a previous version, it is advisable to uninstall it. After installation use for access:    

  • User: admin
  • Password: 123456

 Electronic Fishing Journal

In this place you can download the current version of the Electronic Fishing Diary (DPE) application, for use on board fishing vessels, with a length equal to or greater than 12 meters outside
(If you can't access the zip file, click here to install winrar / winzip).

Application for updating the connection certificate of the Electronic Fishing Journal (DPE) application to the MONICAP Box (If you cannot access the zip file, click here to install winrar / winzip).

The application made available here on the website of the Directorate-General for Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services (DGRM), is version v2.2107_2020_04_09 being an update to version 2107 of the DPE.
We alert you to the need to always install the version presented on the DGRM website, as each new version is developed, with the aim of correcting anomalies detected in the meantime and providing new features. To run this application, the target computer must have the professional version of Windows XP, 7 or 8 installed. To find out which version of the DPE application is installed on your computer, run the DPE application and press the Help menu, followed by About.

 Electronic Fishing Journal Manual
      Download (2.5 MB)

With regard to training actions, both theoretical and practical; in the aforementioned application, the sector can obtain more information from For-Mar (Center for Vocational Training for Fisheries and the Sea).


 VMS and DPE exemption

The exemptions in force on December 31, duly publicized by DGRM on its website at, remain valid as of January 1 of the following year. The exemptions foreseen under the terms of the present ordinance expire whenever the requirements foreseen in paragraphs a) or b) of no. 1 of article 2 of Ordinance No. 286-D/2014, of 31 December . New requests for exemption under article 3, which fulfill the requirements set out in paragraphs a) or b) of paragraph 1 of article 2, must be sent to DGRM, electronically, to the exempt address .vms.dpe @, up to the 20th business day prior to the intended date for the beginning of the exemption, using the standard declaration. License holders may delegate to producer organizations, or industry associations to which they belong, the presentation of the aforementioned declaration. Those responsible for fishing vessels covered by the exemption regime are obliged to register and transmit the fishing logbook data on paper, in accordance with the applicable legislation.

VMS and DPE Exemption List - 2019

 Various Information

Circular letter of 19 November 2013 (Compliance with DPE obligations)

Circular letter of 1 June 2012 (Compliance with DPE obligations)


 Procedures to be followed by those responsible for the vessels, in case of inoperability of the DPE system

1st - It must inform the inoperability, as soon as it is found or at the latest when returning to port, to the Control Center of this Directorate-General (FMC-Portugal) - Email:, Fax : +351 213 025 188

2nd - You must send the proof of request for technical assistance to repair the fault and indicate the expected date for restoring the system to operation

3rd - The forms should only be sent after notification of inoperability to the Control Center of this Directorate-General (FMC-Portugal)

4th - The forms will only be considered valid if received with all the required information, in the defined formats and with the respective FAO codes (species, arts, presentations, areas) contained in the DPE tables

5th - You cannot leave the port with the DPE inoperable without authorization from the Control Center of this Directorate-General (FMC-Portugal).

DPE Forms
 Download (484 KB)


Forms to use in the event of a failure of the DPE (Rev. December 2013)

The "manual" sending of this information will only be allowed in cases of anomaly or technical deficiency of the DPE, duly confirmed by this Directorate-General. For this purpose, the forms provided in the link above must be used and sent to the Control Center of this Directorate-General (Fax: +351 213 025 188, email: At the end of the fishing trip during which the DPE anomaly has occurred, the captain / master must initiate the necessary procedures for the purpose of restoring the operation of his equipment. During the technical intervention that may take place, operationality tests must be carried out with the DGRM Control Center, and the fishing vessel cannot leave port without the operationality being restored again, that is, otherwise authorized to set sail. port by the Control Center, as stipulated in paragraph 4 of article 39 of Commission Regulation 404/2011.

 Frequently Asked Questions