What’s Up with All These Apps?

You’ve likely noticed that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has been actively involved in the development or promotion of a number of mobile applications. Each app serves a specific purpose and was designed to achieve a specific goal.

Let’s take a brief look at each app, highlighting how and why they might be useful to you or other fishermen you know – and how they may be useful for fisheries management in the future. Click the name of each app for additional information.

Fish Rules

This is your one-stop FREE mobile app for easy access to the latest fishing regulations – both state and federal waters!

Features:

  • Hosts recreational state and federal regulations from Maine through Texas
    • Now includes recreational regulations for California’s state waters
  • Photographs and illustrations of fish species
  • Commercial regulations for species managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are included in the “Additional Information” section for individual species.
  • Available now for download on iOS and Android

Who uses it?

  • Everyone: commercial, for-hire, & private recreational fishermen

Why use it?

  • Stay up to date on state and federal fishing regulations in your area
  • Access regulations while fishing offshore out of cell range
  • Scroll through photos for helpful identification tips

 

Contact: Cameron Rhodes, cameron.rhodes@safmc.net

SAFMC Release

(Citizen Science Pilot Project)

This app collects information on released fish, often referred to as discards. The application focuses on collecting data on released scamp grouper in commercial and recreational fisheries. It was developed as a pilot project through the SAFMC’s Citizen Science Program in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts, Harbor Light Software, the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program,and the Citizen Science Association to help fill a priority research need. Data collected will be considered for use in the upcoming stock assessment for scamp.

Features:

  • Fields for fishermen to provide information on released scamp, a current data gap in the fishery – focusing on length, depth, and location of released scamp
  • Accepts photos
  • Available for download on iOS and Android (NOTE: users must contact Julia Byrd, Citizen Science Program Manager, to activate an account: julia.byrd@safmc.net)

Who uses it?

  • Participation in the pilot project is open to everyone: commercial, for-hire, & private recreational fishermen

Why use it?

  • Improve information on released fish and the practices associated with releasing fish
  • Provide information on lengths of released scamp for use in stock assessments and management
  • Participate in the SAFMC’s Citizen Science Program’s first project! Help show that citizen science works to collect this kind of information, leading to more opportunities for folks like you to get involved in the future.

 

Contact: Julia Byrd, julia.byrd@safmc.net

MyFishCount

(Recreational Electronic Reporting Pilot Project)

MyFishCount is a pilot reporting project for recreational anglers to voluntarily report their catch and also provides an opportunity to create a personal fishing log. After hearing the requests of fishermen across the region, the Council, in partnership with the Angler Action Foundation, Elemental Methods, and NOAA, created MyFishCount.  Anglers can use the mobile app or website to log information about trips and catches to help improve data used to manage fisheries.

Features:

  • Easy to use platform with data fields to note time, location, and other details about catch
  • Personal log for fishermen to review past trips
  • Accepts photos
  • Available now for download on iOS and Android

Who uses it?

  • Private recreational fishermen

Why use it? 

  • Create a personal fishing journal. Information on your past fishing trips may be useful in planning your next trip. Your fishing log and data will be kept confidential.
  • Provide data to complement the current monitoring program, NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program, also known as “MRIP”. MyFishCount data are provided by individual anglers and add an additional data stream to the overall funnel of available information.

 

Contact: BeBe Dalton Harrison, bebe.harrison@safmc.net

eTRIPS mobile

(For-Hire Electronic Reporting Pilot Project)

In 2016, the Council approved an amendment requiring South Atlantic Federal For-Hire (Charter/Headboat) Permit holders provide electronic trip reports on a weekly basis. In 2017, the Council conducted a pilot project to develop and test a mobile application for reporting in partnership with Harbor Light Softwareand the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program.

While the requirement has not been implemented to date by NOAA Fisheries with specific details, eTrips is currently available for testing. For additional information visit: https://safmc.net/satl-federal-for-hire-electronic-reporting-outreach/.

Features:

  • Personal log for Charter/Headboat fishermen to review past trips
  • Data fields to note time, location, and other details about catch
  • Available for download on iOS and Android (contact ACCSP for account information)

Who uses it?

  • South Atlantic Federal For-Hire (Charter/Headboat) Federal Permit Holders for:
    • Snapper Grouper
    • Dolphin Wahoo
    • Coastal Migratory Pelagics

Why use it?

  • Create a personal fishing journal. Information on your past fishing trips may be useful in planning your next trip. Your fishing log and data will be kept confidential.
  • Meet reporting requirements for South Atlantic Federal For-Hire Permit holders
  • Allow better monitoring of landings and discards, and more accurately assess the impacts of regulations

 

Contact: Fran Karp, fkarp@harborlightsoftware.com

 

VESL

(For-Hire Electronic Reporting)

In 2016, the Council approved an amendment requiring South Atlantic Federal For-Hire (Charter/Headboat) Permit holders provide electronic trip reports on a weekly basis. South Carolina currently requires charter vessels licensed in their state to report their catch using VESL, a web platform developed by Bluefin Data.

 

While the requirement has not been implemented to date by NOAA Fisheries with specific details, VESL is currently available for testing. For additional information visit: http://bluefindata.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features:

  • Website and mobile application
  • Personal log for Charter/Headboat fishermen to review past trips
  • Data fields to note time, location, and other details about catch
  • Available online or for download on iOS and Android (contact Bluefin for account information)

Who uses it?

  • South Atlantic Federal For-Hire (Charter/Headboat) Federal Permit Holders for:
    • Snapper Grouper
    • Dolphin Wahoo
    • Coastal Migratory Pelagics

Why use it?

  • Create a personal fishing journal. Information on your past fishing trips may be useful in planning your next trip. Your fishing log and data will be kept confidential.
  • Meet reporting requirements for South Atlantic Federal For-Hire Permit holders
  • Allow better monitoring of landings and discards, and more accurately assess the impacts of regulations on the For-Hire industry fishing in federal waters.

 

Contact: Andrew Petersen, support@bluefindata.com