This time of year, many of the for hire fishermen along the Northeast and Mid Atlantic coasts are slowing down a bit from the summer season. This gives them time to recharge and let their bodies heal from the summer and fall fishing seasons.
During this down time, the Harbor Light Outreach Team will be heading out for the Florida Keys in November and then the NC Outer Banks in December to educate permit holders on the amendment under review in the SAFMC, as well as learning more about eTRIPS Moble and eTRIPS Online. eTRIPS is a tool from the ACCSP that collects catch and effort data at a trip level, then allows the fishermen to electronically send in this information to meet mandatory reporting requirements. What may have taken weeks using the paper forms, now takes just days or less. Better Data=Better Decisions.
For more information or to sign up for classes or webinars go to: http://safmc.net/satl-federal-for-hire-electronic-reporting-outreach/