Frequent Questions: Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting
A series of questions and answers that will help make the transition to electronic Vessel Trip Reporting easier in the Greater Atlantic Region.
Beginning November 10, 2021, GARFO-permitted commercial fishing vessels will be required to have an electronic device onboard, start an electronic vessel trip report (eVTR) for each trip, and submit completed reports electronically within 48 hours of the end of a trip. If you have any questions concerning implementation of eVTR in the northeast you may contact your local port agent or our vessel reporting help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 281-9188.
What is One Stop Reporting (OSR)?
GARFO is working with it’s partners at SEFSC, HMS, and the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) to develop One Stop Reporting (OSR) capabilities that will enable the submission of a single electronic report to satisfy duplicative reporting requirements of vessels holding permits in multiple Regions.
For more information see Page 5 of the MAFMC’s June 2021 meeting report.
What time is used for the trip start and end?
Local time. In most cases this will be Eastern. Your device is likely set to this.
Do you no longer care about the size of scallops being recorded?
Only hail weights are needed for eVTR’s. We receive the size or market categories from the dealer(s) you sell your catch to and those are matched to your trip.
For more information see Table 33, Page 31 of the Fishing Vessel Trip Report (VTR) Reporting Instructions.
Are exceptions being made for captains that cannot operate a phone or tablet?
No. We delayed the implementation of the eVTR requirement for a year after the rule was published to provide sufficient time for captains to acquire the technology needed to report electronically. We are also providing remote or in-person assistance and training to any captain that needs help.
Is there a limit of Fish Online accounts that one vessel can be linked to?
No, you may have multiple accounts that link to a vessel.
How many vessels can one user have accredited to their Fish Online account?
There is no limit.
Once an eVTR is submitted, can it be edited and how long do you have to make edits?
Once submitted, you can edit an eVTR almost immediately through our Fish Online system. There is no expiration of your editing ability. We do track when and who changes any data.
What if a trip ends before fishing, breakdown, weather etc.?
You can submit a no effort trip.
For more information see the Page 7 of the Fishing Vessel Trip Report (VTR) Reporting Instructions.
What if I have two trips on the same date, will there be an error message?
No. You may have a sail date and time end and start on the same day as long as the time sailed of the second trip is after the time landed for the previous trip.
Is the eVTR number saved if the captain turns off the phone while sailing?
The apps are designed to work offline, so the information will be saved on your device as an open trip.
End of Trip/Dealer
Now that there is no dealer copy of the paper eVTR, what do fishermen provide the dealer when they sell their catch?
Fishermen are only required to provide the eVTR trip number which replaces the traditional paper VTR number. The eVTR Trip number has 14 characters and is made up from the vessel permit number, year, month, day and hour sailed.
For more information see: Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting (eVTR) Technical Requirements Guide.
What happens when a boat comes in and doesn’t offload in 48 hours to get the weight information from a dealer?
You are submitting hail weights (estimate of catch) and not dealer weights on VTR’s. The exact weights will be submitted by the dealer(s) you sell your catch to and matched to your trip.
Does home pack exist as an option under dealer?
Yes, enter 99998 Home Consumption for the dealer code.
For a complete listing of non-dealer codes see the Page 22 of the Fishing Vessel Trip Report (VTR) Reporting Instructions.
Can you offload in multiple ports on multiple days?
Yes, you may break up the offload by port and date for the same trip, each offload allows you to select the day offloaded.