→ Framework to require electronic vessel trip reports by federally-permitted party and charter vessel operators in the Mid-Atlantic

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The Omnibus Electronic Vessel Trip Report Framework would require charter and party vessels to submit electronic vessel trip reports (as opposed to hardcopies) while on a trip carrying passengers for hire, if those vessels hold a permit to fish for Atlantic bluefish, black sea bass, scup, summer flounder, tilefish, squid, Atlantic mackerel, and/or butterfish. These proposed measures are intended to improve the timeliness, accuracy, and quality of fisheries data submitted to NMFS while also reducing the burden on the charter and party fishing fleets. Federally permitted vessel owners and operators on commercial fishing trips will maintain the option to submit VTRs through hardcopy by mail or through electronic means.