The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a webinar-based meeting with its Advisory Panel members and the public to provide information and gather input regarding an upcoming Council Omnibus Framework action that could require electronic reporting of Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) for all Council-managed commercial fisheries. The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held via webinar (http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr_app_overview/) with a telephone audio connection (provided when connecting). Audio only access via conference phone number: 1-800-832-0736, Room Number: 5765379.
The Council is considering requiring electronic reporting of commercial fishery Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs). This action would change the method of transmitting VTRs—the required data elements would not change. Existing regulations requiring that VTRs be completed before arriving at the dock would not change, but the timeline for submitting electronic reports may change. This meeting will provide a review of eVTR applications and gather input from the Council’s commercial fishery advisory panel members and the public in preparation for Council action.
* Note: The NEFMC has initiated a joint action with the MAFMC to include all NEFMC-managed species. The Councils are working together to update the action timeline, users affected, analyses, and other relevant sections of this document. Updates will be posted as they become available.