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NOAA Fisheries Announces New For-Hire Electronic Reporting Requirements in the Atlantic

February 24, 2020

FB20-012: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin, For more information, contact: Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program, ser.electronicreporting@noaa.gov, 1-833-707-1632
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KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries is implementing the final rule for the South Atlantic For-Hire Reporting Amendment. The final rule establishes electronic reporting requirements for vessels with a federal charter/headboat permit for Atlantic coastal migratory pelagics, Atlantic dolphin and wahoo, or South Atlantic snapper-grouper and modifies the reporting deadline for headboats.



WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

The rule will be effective on September 1, 2020.



WHAT THIS MEANS:

The final rule requires weekly electronic reporting for charter fishermen and modifies the reporting deadline for headboats starting September 1, 2020.
The requirements for weekly electronic reporting apply to charter vessels with a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Atlantic Coastal Migratory Pelagics, or Atlantic dolphin and wahoo, or South Atlantic snapper-grouper species.
Charter fishermen must report information such as trip start and end dates and times, species kept and discarded, fishing location, depth fished, hours fished, and charter fee.
Electronic reports from charter fishermen are due by Tuesday following the end of each reporting week, which runs from Monday through Sunday.
Charter fishermen can report using their computer, smartphone, and tablets with access to the internet. Reporting must be through software approved by NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries will send information on how to download the software in a future Fishery Bulletin.
No action is required by charter fishermen at this time. NOAA Fisheries will send more information in the spring/summer of 2020. If you have questions, please call 1-833-707-1632.
Headboat vessels with a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Atlantic Coastal Migratory Pelagics, or Atlantic dolphin and wahoo, or South Atlantic snapper-grouper species will continue to submit reports to the Southeast Headboat Survey but will be required to submit electronic fishing reports by Tuesday following a reporting week, rather than by Sunday.



FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 85 FR 10331, published February 24, 2020.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

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https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/bulletin/noaa-fisheries-announces-new-hire-electronic-reporting-requirements-atlantic?fbclid=IwAR2pqUQZK-o1lNBtM76X1LTLzGADfvPwrj6G0rpU1GNcB1PLnl2G42Dd2mg
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Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:49 am
Didn't know you had to report discards. It is interesting that the data collectors at Radio Island launch ramp on Sunday asked about discards (releases).
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