For-Hire Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting

Beginning March 12, 2018, all charter and party vessels that hold a federal permit for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be required to submit electronic vessel trip reports (eVTRs) for all trips carrying passengers for hire. These eVTRs must be submitted through a NOAA-approved eVTR software application within 48 hours of reaching port following the end 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, squid, butterfish, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, bluefish, and tilefish. 

eVTR Training Opportunities

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold two workshops in February to help for-hire vessel operators prepare for upcoming electronic reporting requirements.  The workshops will primarily focus on training for the SAFIS eTrips/mobile and eTrips Online systems. View the workshop announcement for complete details.

  • Saturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
    DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, MA, (978) 777-2500
  • Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
    Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ, (732) 341-6101

To register for one of the workshops, complete the registration form or email the workshop coordinator Andrew Loftus at aloftus@andrewloftus.com.

The Council is also planning to hold a webinar-based training session in February for those who are unable to attend a workshop in person. Information about that webinar will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

eVTR Software Resources

At present, the following software applications are confirmed to meet the technical requirements of eVTR submissions.  

  • Standard Atlantic Fisheries Information eTrips Mobile (SAFIS eTrips/M)
  • Fishing Activity & Catch Tracking System (Electric Edge FACTS™)
  • Ecotrust Canada Electronic Logbook (Elog)
  • Dynamic Data Logger (Olrac DDL)
  • NOAA Fish Online
  • Fisheries Logbook and Data Recording Software (FLDRS)

Standard Atlantic Fisheries Information (SAFIS) eTrips

SAFIS eTrips is an electronic reporting platform offered by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). There are two versions of eTrips, each described in the sections below.

eTrips/Mobile allows users to enter VTR data directly into a mobile device (tablet computer).

eTrips Online is designed for users to transcribe paper VTRs (completed on the water) into a web-based form using a personal computer once they return to the dock. Visit the links below for information about each version of eTrips. 

To inquire about SAFIS software, contact;

Fishing Activity & Catch Tracking System (Electric Edge FACTS™)

To inquire about Electric Edge FACTS™ software, contact;

Ecotrust Canada Elog

To inquire about Ecotrust Canada Elog software, contact;

Olrac DDL

To inquire about Olrac DDL software, contact;

NOAA Fish Online

To inquire about NOAA Fish Online software, contact:

  • Torey Adler, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 978-675-2183 or email Torey.Adler@noaa.gov
  • Ken Ortiz, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 978-281-9316 or email Ken.Ortiz@noaa.gov

Fisheries Logbook and Data Recording Software (FLDRS)

To inquire about FLDRS software, contact:

To Obtain an eVTR Password

All vessel operators who will be completing an eVTR must obtain a confidential password. This password will serve as an electronic signature and is required to submit an eVTR. To obtain an eVTR password, please contact Alison Ferguson at NOAA Fisheries at 978-281-9188 or nmfs.gar.helpdesk@noaa.gov.

Contact

For Additional eVTR Support, contact

Frequently Asked Questions (click to expand)

Adapted from the NOAA Fisheries Permit Holder Bulletin

Q. When will this regulation take effect? 
A. 
This action will take effect on March 12, 2018.  All vessel must submit eVTRs in compliance with these regulations for any trips taken on or after this date. Implementation is being delayed to provide vessel owners and operators time to obtain the software application and necessary training to comply with this regulation. 

Q. Do eVTRs need to be completed prior to entering port? 
A. 
Yes.  The requirement to complete VTRs before returning to port will not change with this action.

Q. How can I submit my eVTRs?  Where can I find out about NOAA-approved eVTR software applications? 
A. 
These reports can be submitted through handheld electronic devices (i.e. tablet) or through an online webportal on a personal computer. There are free and pay options for any submittal method that you choose.  These choices are listed below:

  • Tablet: Free: (1) eTrips;  Pay: (1) eLog, (2) Olrac/Dynamic Data Logger, (3) FACTS
  • Personal Computer: Free: (1) eTrips, (2) FLDRS; Pay: (1) eLog, (2) Olrac/Dynamic Data Logger, FACTS

The GARFO Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting web page includes details and about these NOAA-approved eVTR software applications and contacts/support for eVTR problems. 

Q. What if I don’t have an electronic device onboard my vessel that enables me to submit an eVTR at sea? 
A: You must submit your VTR electronically, but if you do not have a suitable device onboard your vessel, you may record the information on a paper VTR and transcribe it onto an eVTR when you are in port. You must submit the eVTR no more than 48 hrs after entering port at the conclusion of each trip.