Federal For-Hire Electronic Reporting Outreach in the South Atlantic

In December 2016, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved an amendment that would require weekly electronic reporting of all charter vessels operating under a South Atlantic federal for-hire permit. The Secretary of Commerce approved this amendment in June 2018, and the final rule was released in February 24, 2020. 

The for-hire electronic reporting requirements were initially expected to be implemented by September 1, 2020, but have been delayed to January 4, 2021.

If you have any council related questions please reach out to Cameron Rhodes at cameron.rhodes@safmc.net or 843-725-7577.

If you have any questions about electronic reporting in the South Atlantic please reach out to Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Program, ser.electronicreporting@noaa.gov or 1-833-707-1632.

 

 

Who is affected?

South Atlantic federal for-hire permit holders for the Snapper Grouper, Dolphin Wahoo and Coastal Migratory Pelagic fisheries will be required to report their fishing effort electronically, on a weekly basis regardless of fishing location, effective January 4, 2021. For more information, including details for dually permitted fishermen (those who hold permits in multiple regions, such as the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico), please click here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/southeast-electronic-reporting-technologies

 

What electronic reporting tools can be used to submit reports?

For a list of NMFS approved Electronic reporting tools, Click Here:
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/recreational-fishing/approved-software-and-hardware-southeast-hire-reporting-program

 

Note: The council conducted 27 webinars and 28 in-person training sessions from June 2017-June 2019 to help spread the word about the proposed requirements.  These outreach sessions discussed the amendment and trained users on how to access and use potential electronic reporting tools.