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FB17-066
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: November 7, 2017
CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST),  nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov


Changes to Making Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program
Landing Notifications through the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

                      

KEY MESSAGE:

  • Changes are being made to make new approved landing locations and dealers available almost instantly for use by IFQ participants. 
  • To be more efficient, the drop-down menus are being replaced with numeric fields corresponding to the IFQ landing location and dealer VMS codes.


WHY THIS IS HAPPENING:

  • Previously, the VMS IFQ landing notification forms used a drop-down menu with a list of approved landing locations and dealers.  These lists were manually updated via a software update.  This caused significant delay (possibly more than six months) in the new approved landing locations and dealers being available for use on the various types of VMS units. 
  • Vessels with Boatracs VMS units will not see any changes to their landing notification forms, as their software already uses the numeric fields.
  • Lists of VMS codes for landing locations and dealers can be found on the Catch Share Online System (https://portal.southeast.fisheries.noaa.gov/cs).
  • Vessels landing IFQ species are required to provide 3-24 hour advance notice of landing at approved landings locations. The requirement is intended to provide law enforcement officers the opportunity to be present at the point of landing so they can monitor and enforce IFQ requirements dockside. 
  • Landing notifications can be made by using the form on the VMS screen, by calling 1-866-425-7627 and selecting option 1 (Call-Center 24/7), or through the online IFQ system.

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Media: Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707
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