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.
Bill Semrau: Program Manager
Carol Bleszinski: Herring, Mackerel & Squid Reporting; VMS Training;
VMS Letters of Exemption (to Power Down Inport);
VMS Activations/Deactivations & Welcome Letters
Carl Lemire: Scallop, Surfclam, Ocean Quahog, Maine Mahogany Quahog & NAFO Reporting; VMS Training
Samantha Tolken: Multispecies & Monkfish Reporting; VMS Letters of Exemption (to Power Down in port); NAFO Reporting; VMS Training
Philip Corcoran: Computer Programmer
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).
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 – Boston, Massachusetts
Covers Maine through Connecticut.
Phone: (617) 565-1800
District 2 Office – Wall, New Jersey
Covers New York through Virginia.
Phone: (732) 280-6490.
Approved Northeast VMS Vendors
4296 Forbes Blvd
Lanham, MD 20706
Please note: The McMurdo Omnitracs Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) operated by vessels with Greater Atlantic Region (GAR) permits will not be supported by it's satellite provider after March 31, 2020. All current owners of the Omnitracs unit were notified via a letter from McMurdo dated December 19, 2019.
4950 West Prospect Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
1-954-973-3100 or (888) 664-6727
11890 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100
Reston, VA 20191
1-866-SKYMATE or (703) 961-5800
Woods Hole Group
4300 Forbes Blvd, Suite 110
Lanham, MD 20706
1-301-925-4411 or (240) 492-1944