The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public webinar on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The purpose of this webinar is to provide instruction to for-hire operators on electronic reporting of vessel trip reports (VTRs).
Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr2018/ (audio connection instructions will pop up when you join the webinar).
NOAA Fisheries has issued a final rule requiring the use of electronic vessel trip reports (VTRs) by vessel owners/operators holding Federal charter or party permits for species managed by a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council FMP while on trips carrying passengers for hire. Electronic VTRs must be submitted through a NOAA-approved software application within 48 hours following the completion of a fishing trip. Vessels with Federal charter or party permits for any of the following species will be bound by this rule:
- Atlantic mackerel
- Summer Flounder
- Black sea bass
This action takes effect March 12, 2018, and changes only the required method of transmitting VTRs and the submission date; the required data elements and all other existing reporting requirements will not change. This webinar meeting will provide information on the new requirements and options to assist affected parties to comply and training on select systems in preparation for this action.
For further information, contact Andrew Loftus, eVTR Outreach Workshop Coordinator; telephone: (410) 295–5997; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.