There are a number of videos posted on the Harbor Light Software page which will help you get started in logging in and filling out the required fields: https://www.harborlightsoftware.com/efin-logbook
This app was developed pretty quickly after what occurred during the beta rollout of the original app, and it went as bad as Joe Biden speaking to the media from down his basement. I was contacted by Harbor Light Software to help in sketching out the design of the original 5 panel template, and Harbor Light Software in coordinating with GARFOs requirements, came up with what you see here.
For any fishermen who uses the app, please provide some feedback, both good and bad about using the first recreational reporting app in the northeast region. If there are anything that should be added or even removed if it is burdensome to the user, let me know.
So to sum up:
1- If you are a PRIVATE VESSEL owner that harvests any of the two tilefish species, golden and/or blueline, go to the next step
2- First time users, start here at step 3 in creating a NOAA Fisheries account
3- https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.n ... ogin/login
4- The log in will be required for setting up the next step which is the reporting app
5- For those recreational fishermen who wonder if they have to report, I would highly recommend to read this from the MAFMC
6- Document with all the information if you target or conduct a TNT trip (Tuna & Tilefish) and have tilefish in your possession as part of your harvest: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... sh-FAQ.pdf
7- This is the easiest and quickest way to report, but for those who wish can use either 'NOAA Fish Online' (which Apple devices can use) as well as 'SAFIS eTrips/mobile 2'
8- If you tilefish and end up catching the donuts (for those using rubber hooks, not fishing on the bottom, conditions, wrong locations, and whatever else you can think of), you are supposed to (aka required) to report, and ZEROs do have an impact as it is providing at a minimum, the effort data stream component of a fishing trip
9- For those who have never reported any fish caught, even in the HMS fisheries, start by reviewing the videos posted on the Harbor Light Software page if you need help in filling out the information fields
10- Feedback is almost as important as private vessel reporting. MRIP has led to us recommending to the Council in the past years that reporting in this fishery is necessary in order to prevent future MRIP guesstimates which we have experienced, and never work out well in expanding the current possession limits of either golden or blueline tilefish.
Be part of the solution, and if anyone has any further questions, you can always contact me......