NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE NEWS
‘Fish-on-Line’: Vessel Landings Data on the Web
It will soon be possible for all federal fishing permit holders in the Northeast to access current landings information via the internet. The Northeast Region’s new ‘Fish-on-Line’ database will enable you to view the most recent six months of trip reports and dealer landings reports for your vessel. You also will be able to track days-at-sea balances and detailed trip information. For those of you participating in, or eligible to participate in, multispecies fishery sectors, the landings information used to determine your Potential Sector Contribution (PSC) can be viewed. All of this information will soon be available on the Northeast Regional Office website https://www.nero.noaa.gov/ NMFSlogin/).
All Northeast commercial fishing industry members who hold federal fishing vessel permits will soon be able to access vessel data via the NOAA Fisheries Service’s Northeast Regional Office’s web portal, ‘Fish-on-Line.’
For the past several weeks, we have been distributing instructions by mail detailing how to access this information.
To address industry questions more efficiently, we took a phased-implementation approach. Industry sectors are being brought onto the system one at a time, beginning with scallop limited access permit holders. Subsequently, we are bringing the scallop general category, herring, multispecies limited access (sectors and days-at-sea) fisheries onto the system, followed by all remaining federal permit holders.
The goal is to make it easier for permit holders to gain access to the data they need to make business decisions. It will be possible for fishermen to track their landings information as they are reported to NOAA by seafood dealers, and thus more quickly address any missing information or inaccuracies in the data submitted by dealers or maintained by NOAA.
Even though data will be more accessible, data confidentially is maintained. The “pin” protected access means that only permit holders or their representatives will be able to access vessel landings information.
Permit holders may obtain their data older than six months by contacting the Fishery Statistics Office Data Request team by phone, e-mail or standard mail (see next section for contact information).
Over time we intend to make further enhancements to the system. For instance, we eventually intend to offer all federal permit holders the option to submit “Did Not Fish Reports” electronically. Stay tuned for more on this.
A public demonstration of this technology will occur during the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport, ME on March 4-6. NOAA staff are also available to provide individual demonstrations so that you can privately view your confidential data. Just drop by our booth at the Forum or contact our Fisheries Statistic Office to schedule an appointment.
Once you receive a personal “pin number” in the mail, it will be easy to access your vessel landings data. Those of you who do your personal banking on line will find the system quite similar. Just follow these “3” simple steps:
1. From your internet browser go to the ‘Fish-On-Line’ website: https://www.nero.noaa.gov/NMFSlogin/
2. Type in your Permit Number
3. Type in your assigned personal “pin number.” Please keep this information confidential and stored in a safe place.
If you loose or forget your pin, you can contact our offices and your pin will be resent to you via the mail.
For further information about ‘Fish-on-Line’ contact NOAA at 978-281-9133 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday
or by e-mail at:
or via mail:
NOAA Fisheries Service
Fisheries Statistics Office
55 Great Republic Dr.
Gloucester, MA 01930