As the recreational fishing season gets going, we remind all GARFO permitted vessel operators about the current reporting requirements:
- For-hire (party and charter) vessels that hold federal permits for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council must submit their Vessel Trip Reports (VTR) electronically.
- Vessels issued only a Northeast multispecies (groundfish) charter/party permit may report on paper or electronic VTRs, until later this fall when e-VTRs will be required. You are encouraged to start reporting electronically as soon as possible.
- Tilefish anglers on private vessels must submit their VTRs electronically for trips targeting or catching golden and blueline tilefish.
All fishermen can choose from several smart devices and web-based apps to report electronically.
For more information and technical support, go to our Vessel Trip Reporting web page. You can also contact your local Port Agent.
Media: Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, (978)281-9103