The following was released by NOAA Fisheries on October 22, 2013:
NOAA Fisheries has announced that all permitted vessels in the Northeast region are now authorized to participate in electronic trip reporting (eVTR). The eVTR program enables vessel operators to submit vessel trip report information (i.e., catch, gear used, area fished, etc.) to NOAA Fisheries electronically and eliminates the requirement to submit paper logbook forms. Participation in this program is voluntary. Electronic vessel reporting was approved for use in July 2011 for a segment of the groundfish fleet, but NOAA Fisheries has now authorized it to be used by all vessels issued a Federal Northeast fishing permit.