What is Catch Effort EDT (Cedric)?

Cedric is a FREE, simple, easy to use tool that enables permit holders to submit their catch effort returns electronically to FishServe with almost 100% accuracy, removing any chance of missed deadlines or potential errors.


In addition to offering permit holders a much faster and more efficient way of completing catch effort returns, Cedric has a number of other functions that allow permit holders to maximise the benefit they gain from their catch effort data.  For instance Cedric has an inbuilt GPS function, the ability to automatically generate and submit monthly harvest returns (MHR) from catch landing data and reporting tools that allow you to analyse and map your catch effort data in a way that has been impossible with paper records. 

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What do I need to do to start using Cedric?

All you need to do is complete the Cedric application form and return it to FishServe.  Once we receive your application we will send you an email which will include everything you need to begin using Cedric.

What is the benefit of submitting catch effort returns electronically?

In addition to saving time and improving the accuracy of your reporting, there are many other advantages of using Cedric including;

  • No cost - Cedric is completely free, no registration costs, no ongoing support costs, no costs whatsoever
  • No more send backs, instant validation when entering returns removes any chance of error,
  • No more late/missing returns – instant confirmation of acceptance by FishServe every time you submit a return,
  • Instant access to all your previous catch effort data submitted using Cedric,
  • No more postage costs,
  • No more handling huge stacks of paper,
  • Use your Catch Effort data to generate and submit your MHR
  • Analyse and map your Catch Effort data

Minimum System Specs

Any PC, Laptop or Tablet, running on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 will meet the minimum system specifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does it cost? 

A. Cedric costs nothing at all.  Registration and use of Cedric is 100% free

Q. What is an Authorised User? 

A. An Authorised User is someone who has been authorised to complete catch effort returns on behalf of a permit holder.

Q. What support is available 

A. IT support is available to help with the setup of Cedric and any ongoing support and troubleshooting that might be needed between the hours of 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. 

Q. What forms are currently available? 

A. All catch effort forms can be completed via Cedric. 

Q. Can I use my Catch Effort data to create my MHR? 

A. Yes, you can get Cedric to tally up all your returns for the month and create an MHR which can then be submitted using Cedric. You also have the option to manually edit the stocks and quantities before you submit your MHR

Q. When are catch effort returns due if submitted electronically?

A. All reporting obligations remain unchanged. So, all electronic returns will be due on the same dates as their paper versions.


Reference Material

User Guide

Cedric User Guide