"A whole lotta driving!" That was what team Harbor Light heard over and over again when they went over the ambitious schedule of driving from the Northeast to the Keys and back earlier this month. Francine Karp and John Levesque went on the road meeting with fishermen and state fisheries personnel from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the Florida Keys.
The road trip was part of an ACCSP project with the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, SAFMC. The pilot project consists of four main components:
1. SAFIS eTRIPS mobile will be used by the Charterboat fishermen in the South Atlantic to electronically report the catch and discards to the ACCSP SAFIS database via tablet computers.
2. A tablet application to be piloted by state dockside observers to record answers to questions posed to the fishermen at different fishing locations frequented by charterboat and recreations fishermen.
3. A fish measuring board that will send information to the tablet for both eTRIPS mobile and Dockside Reporter via a Bluetooth connection. With this application, the user will be able to dog data without typing the information into the tablet.
4. A smartphone application for enforcement personnel to check reporting compliance from their mobile device.
This project began in August of 2016 and will continue for 12 months. For more information on this project you can call 800-984-0810.