The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and New England Fishery Management Council have voted to require commercial fishermen to submit vessel trip reports (VTRs) electronically as eVTRs instead of on paper for all species managed by either Council. This action is currently under review by NOAA Fisheries. These changes have been proposed to: 

1. Increase the timeliness and availability of data submitted through VTRs;
2. Reduce the reporting burden on commercial vessel operators by eliminating the need for paper-based reporting; and
3. Increase the accuracy and quality of data by reducing errors from trying to recall catch and effort associated with delayed completion of paper forms.