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NOAA Fisheries Announces Additional Information for Installation of Electronic Monitoring Systems

January 7, 2015

On December 23, 2014, NMFS announced the schedule for installation of electronic monitoring systems for eligible vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas Longline category.  That document provided instructions to owners/operators of such vessels regarding the logistics of installation of the Electronic Monitoring systems, and the responsibilities of the vessel owner/operator.  This document repeats important information, and provides additional instructions regarding the installation of Electronic Monitoring systems, as follows:

Table 1. Dates and Locations of Electronic Monitoring Installations.

Date Range (2015)

Name of Port

January 16 through 25

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Panama City, Florida

February 14 through 23

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Dulac, Louisiana

March 16 through 25

Wanchese, North Carolina

Beaufort, North Carolina

April 14 through 23

Wanchese, North Carolina

Dulac, Louisiana

May 11 through 17, and 19 through 25

To Be Determined

Barnegat Light, New Jersey


Other installations: If a vessel owner and /or operator of an eligible vessel is not able to coordinate installation on one of the dates and locations listed in Table 1, the vessel operator should contact the EM technicians at Saltwater Inc. at 800-770-3241, in order to determine whether another mutually-agreed upon location and date before June 1, 2015, is feasible for installation and training.  NMFS cannot guarantee that an alternate date will be feasible, given the limited funding and time available to complete installation of, and training on the operation of the EM equipment.  Therefore, vessel owners and/or operators should make a concerted effort to make plans to adhere to the EM installation schedule in Table 1.

This notice is a courtesy to HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information, contact Thomas Warren or Brad McHale at 978-281-9260,  Craig Cockrell at 301-427-8503, or Jennifer Cudney at 727-824-5399.  This information will also be posted on the HMS website at:


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