Florida Keys and Outer Banks Training Classes

Published 11/07/2018

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...

South Atlantic Moving Closer to Electronic Trip Reports

Published 10/09/2018

Harbor Light has been hitting the road providing outreach to Captains in anticipation of a Final Rule from NMFS that would require for hire captains who hold South Atlantic fishing permits to report their catch electronically.    The proposed rule would be similar to the rule the MAFMC put in place starting in March of 2018. The MAFMC...

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'!

Published 10/01/2018

The MAFMC roll out of electronic reporting for the For Hire fleet was a success! As the 2018 fishing season slows down for fishermen from Maine to Virginia, this year changed the way these Captains report their catch. Traditionally, these catch reports were done on paper forms, mailed into GARFO for review. This process made the...

American FIsheries Society 2018

Published 08/15/2018

Each year hundreds of industry representatives and fisheries stakeholders converge in one location to talk about all things related to the ocean. Atlantic City, NJ hosted this years conference and HLS was asked to attend and speak about electronic reporting.   The presentations given by HLS was entitled "Public/Private Partnership for Cost Effective Electronic Reporting Solutions Fitting...

Mandatory For-Hire Electronic Vessel Trip Reports

Published 05/22/2018

Beginning March 12, 2018, vessels that hold Federal party or charter permits 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...

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