Coast Guard Reviews First Electronic Trip Report!
When the U.S. Coast Guard boarded The Seven B's V headboat to do a routine check, they were in for a surprise.
When they asked for the trip report, they expected to review a paper copy. Captain Andy Dangelo handed them an iPad instead! It was the first time the Coast Guard saw SAFIS eTRIPS/mobile, and they were impressed! The Coast Guard will be seeing more and more electronic reporting in the future.
Captain Andy Dangelo, of Maridee II Charters, out of Point Judith, RI, is one of the fishermen who has been working with Harbor Light Software during the development of eTRIPS/mobile. The input of these hands-on fishing experts, helped to insure that the our software met the needs of working boats at sea. Busy captains like Andy made sure that we developed this product to be efficient and easy to use.
Showing off the software to the Coast Guard wasn’t the only first for The Seven B's V.
They also were the first boat to submit an electronic Vessel Trip Report (VTR) in the state of Rhode Island. The report was sent in to the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) using the SAFIS eTRIPS/mobile software that was developed for the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). This electronic VTR includes all of the information previously recorded on pencil and paper including:
- areas fished
- time spent fishing
- species caught
- disposition of each fish
- gear type
- effort details
- permit information
Our software is developed for fishermen, by fisherman. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our end-users, as well as complying with the information needed by state and federal regulators.
We appreciate the time and attention that our test captains devoted to making sure this product was the best that it could be. SAFIS eTRIPS/mobile simplifies the task of recording trip information. Everyone is excited about the launch of this new way of reporting…even the Coast Guard!