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Greater Atlantic Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Program

Instructions & Forms

  • VMS Reporting Instructions for Vessel Owners and Operators.  These instructions supersede previous editions and are designed help both owners and operators understand and comply with their VMS reporting requirements.  Choose the appropriate instruction below for your installed VMS unit:
  • VMS Certification Form - Complete and submit this form to the Office of Law Enforcement to certify that your fishing vessel has an operational VMS unit installed by an approved Greater Atlantic Region VMS vendor.  Click here for form.

  • VMS Declaration Code List - The VMS code list and a reference for determining the meaning of any declaration code is available here. Please note that the code list (in Excel format) has two tabs - (1)  "All Codes" which is a listing of all valid VMS codes, and (2)  "Transition Codes" which is a listing of all valid code changes when at sea in the Greater Atlantic Fishery.
  • VMS Power Down Exemption is available for:
    • All vessels that will be out of the water for more than 72 consecutive hours.
    • Vessels with a Northeast multispecies limited access permit, sea scallop limited access permit, surfclam/ocean quahog permit, herring limited access or open access category E permit, limited access mackerel, or longfin squid permit, that will remain at the dock or mooring and not engage in any fisheries for a minimum period of 30 consecutive days.
    • The requester must send a written request to the Regional Administrator (VMS Team, Office of Law Enforcement) providing the following: Vessel name, Federal fishery permit number, Official number (Coast Guard documentation or State registration number), Exemption period (date the VMS will be turned off and turned back on), and the location of the vessel during the exemption period.  Click here for Vessel Monitoring System Power Down Exemption Request form.
    • Click here for the VMS Power-Down Compliance Guide to determine your vessel's eligibility based on your permits and fishing history.