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Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Electronic Reporting Requirements for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Point of Contact
Carrie Soltanoff (301) 427-8503


NOAA Fisheries announces the comment period on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to modify or expand reporting requirements for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS).

Topics for Consideration

Under the advance notice of proposed rulemaking, NOAA Fisheries is considering options to:

  1. Convert existing commercial paper logbooks to electronic logbooks
  2. Expand logbook reporting to permit holders in additional commercial fisheries and certain recreational fisheries (e.g., HMS Charter/Headboat) via electronic logbooks
  3. Collect additional information through existing electronic reporting mechanisms for dealers and recreational permit holders
  4. Facilitate HMS reporting, through incentives and/or penalties
  5. Provide electronic reporting for HMS Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) Program permit holders.

Who is affected?

  • Permitted HMS commercial fishermen
  • Permitted HMS recreational fishermen
  • Permitted HMS dealers
  • HMS EFP Program permit holders or applicants

Webinars & Public Hearings


Date and Time


Public Hearing

June 6, 2023

5 p.m.-8 p.m. ET

Broward County Library - Imperial Point
5985 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308


June 13, 2023

2 p.m.-4 p.m. ET

Join the webinar.
Webinar number:
2761 508 8777
Webinar password:

(579266 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone:

+1-415-527-5035; Access code: 276 150 88777

Public Hearing

June 14, 2023

5 p.m.-8 p.m. ET

Ocean County Library - Toms River
101 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Public Hearing

June 21, 2023

5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

Dare County Library - Manteo
700 Highway 64/264
Manteo, NC 27954


July 27, 2023

2 p.m.-4 p.m. ET

Join the webinar.
Webinar number:
2761 409 4194
Webinar password:

(733448 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone:

+1-415-527-5035; Access code: 276 140 94194

Public Hearing

August 3, 2023

5 p.m.-8 p.m. CT

Belle Chasse Auditorium
8398 LA-23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Public Hearing

August 9, 2023

5 p.m.-8 p.m. ET

Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930


Submit comments from May 12 to August 18, 2023 at Regulations.gov. All comments received are a part of the public record.

Federal Register

Supporting Materials

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 06/07/2023

Electronic Reporting