Northeast Vessel Monitoring System Team
The Northeast Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Team is located within the Office of Law Enforcement in the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Gloucester, Massachusetts. The main number is (978) 281-9213 (option 1) and the fax number is (978) 281-9317.
For VMS questions or assistance, contact any member of the team.
Carl Lemire: Program Manager
Michelle Cavanaugh: Technician responsible for: Groundfish and Monkfish
Richard Chidsey: Technician responsible for: Herring, Mackerel, and Squid Reporting
Tyler Staples: Technician responsible for: Scallop, Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
You may also email the VMS Team from your VMS unit. Send your email to: NMFS.OLE.NE@noaa.gov.
If you are unable to reach the Northeast VMS Team, our headquarters support center has extended hours of operation and may be able to assist you with general questions about VMS registrations and vessel position reporting. The Support Center is the primary point of contact for the National VMS Reimbursement Program. The Support Center will refer any technical VMS questions to the appropriate VMS vendor, and any regulatory/rule-related questions to the VMS Team/Greater Atlantic Region. The Support Center is located at NOAA Fisheries Headquarters, Office of Law Enforcement, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. Hours of operation are 7 am to 11 pm, Monday through Friday. The phone number is (888) 219-9228 (toll-free) option 2.
NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Agents
If it is a law enforcement emergency, call the Enforcement Hotline toll-free on a 24-hour basis at (800) 853-1964. Please do not call the Hotline for a VMS-related equipment or technical issue; rather, contact your VMS vendor (see below).
For law enforcement-related questions or concerns that are of a non-emergency nature, contact your local NOAA Fisheries enforcement office during business hours as follows:
District 1 Office
Covers Maine through Connecticut.
District 2 Office
Covers New York through Virginia.
Approved Northeast VMS Vendors
3224 Wrights Ferry Road
Louisville, TN 37777
1750 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA 22102
11890 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100
Reston, VA 20191
(866)-SKYMATE or (703) 961-5800
Woods Hole Group
4300 Forbes Blvd, Suite 110
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 925-4411 or (240) 492-1944