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Highly Migratory Species Pelagic Longline Vessel Electronic Monitoring Systems: Clarification of Hard Drive Procedures at the End of Fishing Trips

Posted June 17, 2015

This is a clarification about the procedures for sending the EM system hard drives (at the end of each pelagic longline fishing trip), and then receiving the replacement hard drives

At the end of each pelagic longline trip, after clicking on “End Trip” on the electronic monitoring system computer screen, a window will pop up indicating either a single serial number or two serial numbers of the drive(s) that should be removed.  Based on the instructions, remove either one drive or both drives.  In previous correspondence we had instructed vessel operators to remove both drives, but it is only necessary to remove both drives if the computer system instructs you do so. (This will usually only be at the end of longer trips where more than one hard drive is needed to store the video data).

After removal from the EM system computer, put the drive(s) in the padded cardboard mailing box and then place the box in a padded envelope, with your vessel name and a pre-paid, self-addressed return mailing label.  Send the package via USPS or FedEx (or another traceable method) to ERT at the address below.  

Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT) - EM Video Operator
8380 Colesville Road, Suite 100A
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: 240-393-4213

ERT will send the vessel replacement hard drive(s) to the address you provide.  Please call ERT at the above number if you have any questions about the process of mailing hard drives.

When you mail your hard drives to ERT, as required by the regulations, if you do not include vessel name and a pre-paid, self-addressed return mailing label in the package, the return of the hard drives to you may be delayed until you send a pre-paid return mailing label to ERT.

Ensure hard drives are shipped in the cardboard box to protect the drives.

     If you would like to buy extra hard drives, contact Saltwater, Inc., at 800-770-3241.

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. 


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