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Interactive Voice Response System

There are several situations in which federally permitted vessels in the Greater Atlantic Region must declare their trips, report their landings, and/or make other notifications via IVR.

There are several specific situations in which fishermen fishing in federal waters in the Greater Atlantic Region must declare their trips, report their landings, and/or make other notifications via our Interactive Voice Response System (IVR). 

Fish Online

As of April 1, 2021, you need to use Fish Online to access the IVR system. You may do this by logging in to Fish Online and click the IVR Reporting link to the left. You can access our Fish Online website using only the Chrome, Firefox, or Safari web browsers on your tablet, desktop, or laptop computer. You cannot use Internet Explorer to access Fish Online. Reports can also be made by using our applications on Android and Apple phones and tablets.

You will need a Fish Online user account to log in to Fish Online. If you do not already have an account, visit How to Create a Fish Online User Account to help you create one.

If you need assistance with IVR and VMS reporting requirements, call (978) 281-9315.

Trip Declarations

  • Northeast Multispecies Handgear A and Small Vessel Category (Category C) vessels in the common pool fishing in a single Broad Stock Area (BSA) must submit a trip declaration less than 1 hour prior to leaving port.
  • Northeast Multispecies Handgear A vessel in a sector fishing in a single BSA must submit a trip declaration less than 1 hour prior to leaving port, if the vessels’ sector has been granted that exemption.
  • NE Multispecies (common pool and sector) and Scallop Occasional permitted vessels fishing both inside and outside of the demarcation line on the same trip must submit a trip declaration less than 1 hour prior to leaving port.
  • Monkfish-only vessels (that are not required to use VMS based due to other permit) must submit a trip declaration less than 1 hour prior to leaving port.
  • Monkfish RSA vessels must submit their trip start declaration within 24 hours prior to departing port to start your trip and a trip end declaration within 24 hours after docking to end your trip.
  • Vessels participating in an Exempted Fishing Permit and not required to use VMS must submit their trip start declaration within 24 hours prior to departing port to start your trip and a trip end declaration within 24 hours after docking to end your trip.
  • Vessels confirming their previous VMS declaration for a new trip must submit a trip declaration less than 1 hour prior to leaving port.
  • Vessels temporarily authorized to submit a trip declarations via IVR must submit a trip declaration less than 1 hour prior to leaving port.

Landings Reports

  • Open Access Category D Herring vessels must submit catch reports weekly by midnight on Tuesday of the following week for all herring caught (kept and discarded).

Other Requirements

  • Northeast Multispecies vessels in the common pool, excluding Handgear A and Small Vessel Category (Category C) vessels, must call in and declare a 20-day spawning block period between March 1 and May 31 of each calendar. The 20-day spawning block must be declared before May 12 of each calendar year, or the vessel is prohibited from fishing for, possessing, or landing any regulated species, or ocean pout, or non-exempt species during the period from May 12 through May 31.
  • A Northeast Multispecies day gillnet vessel must declare its 120 days out of the non-exempt gillnet fishing on or before the day the block begins.
  • A vessel seeking a day-at-sea (DAS) credit for a trip that ended prior to setting and/or hauling gear must do so at the time the trip is canceled or as soon as possible prior to returning to port.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on March 12, 2021