FLUX Communications Engine

(Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange)

Trackwell FLUX Communication Engine is a plug & play solution that implements the business layer modules for all FLUX domains

One – stop shop for FLUX communications

  • Consultancy on FLUX implementation
  • FLUX integration with existing VMS and ERS software from any vendors
  • Installation, configuration, hosting and operation of national FLUX TL nodes
  • Implementation and testing of all FLUX business layer domains (for both EU and NEAFC)
  • Support and maintenance of all FLUX communications

What is FLUX?

FLUX (Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange) is the latest global standard for the exchange of fisheries related information to support:

  • Sustainable fishery management
  • Detecting and combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU)


Implementing the Flux standard is a highly complex process that is very time consuming and expensive. With Trackwell’s FLUX Engine our clients save up to 90% of time and resources when implementing each Flux domain.

Who is the Trackwell FLUX Communications Engine for? 

Anyone with VMS/ERS and is obliged or wishes to share information with other related stakeholders.

  • Governments
  • Regional and international organizations
  • Regional FMOs
  •  Research institutions and NGOs
  • Control and enforcement authorities.

How does the Trackwell FLUX Communications Engine work?

The FLUX Engine integrates into the existing VMS/ERS, or Trackwell´s own software, for in-coming and out-going data. It implements the business rules for each domain and format module, according to the relevant Implementation documents, to create out-going- messages or interpret incoming messages.  It performs the data validation against the business rules for all messages. Trackwell’s FLUX Engine connects to the existing Transport Layer of the FLUX node to transmit and receive data. 


During the last 25 years Trackwell has established itself among the leading companies in the field of Vessel Monitoring working closely with its customers including the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), Iceland, North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), Malta and Australia, one of the leading fisheries nations who monitors fishing vessels within the third largest EEZ in the world.

Trackwell has been developing the implementation of the FLUX standard since its first release and has been at the forefront of the standard’s continuous development. As of now, Trackwell provides its FLUX services to its clients such as Malta and NEAFC with both EU and NEAFC implementation rules.

Learn more about FLUX and the Trackwell FLUX Communications Engine