I-Fish – Vessel Identifier Code (VIC)
MDPI has developed a Vessel Identifier Code (VIC) system for all vessels present in the I-Fish database. This VIC system was developed to align small-scale vessel registration with national, regional and international vessel registration developments. The VIC system also aims to ensure that vessels are not double counted, that errors in data entry (e.g. spelling mistakes of vessel names) do not occur in the database and that multiple data sources for an individual vessel can be combined using the identifier code. The form to collect data for registration of an individual vessel in the I-Fish VIC system merges the data requirements of the RVIA and the PVR, to reduce effort in obtaining the data separately at a later date.