Plans must be made for the storage and back-up of all data. This includes:
how data are to be collected, backed up, and stored during the survey;
who is responsible for collection and quality assurance;
what meta-data are to be collected (e.g., date and time of cruise, vessel name and survey leader and crew names, weather conditions)
where the primary data will be stored after the survey, and;
where backup copies will be housed.