October 19, 2021
The Gulf Council and NOAA Fisheries will host a virtual and in-person question and answer session to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions about Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting Requirements (SEFHIER). Captains on vessels with federal charter/headboat permits are required to make a trip declaration each time the vessel leaves the dock and submit an electronic fishing report for every fishing trip. Beginning on December 13, 2021, vessels must be equipped with NOAA Fisheries approved hardware and software with global position system capabilities that, at a minimum, archives vessel position data during a trip and transmits those data to NOAA Fisheries.
Leadership from the Gulf Council, Southeast Regional Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, and Vendors of approved Vessel Monitoring Systems will be among panelists that will be answering questions from the public. The Session will be held immediately following the Council’s Reef Fish Committee on the evening of October 26, 2021. This meeting should begin at approximately 5:45 Central time.
In-person attendees: Join us at the Perdido Beach Resort located at 27200 Perdido Beach Resort Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561. We ask meeting attendees to wear a mask indoors while moving about the hotel property. In the meeting spaces, Council members, staff, and the public may remove masks when seated or when providing public testimony.
Virtual participants: Listen online through the GoToWebinar application or through the phone. If you want to speak to ask a question, you must join the webinar online. To listen in by phone, call 1-(914) 614-3221 / Audio Access Code: 857-515-680. Alternatively, during the meeting, you can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or text them to (813) 317-6220 and a staff member will ask on your behalf.