[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 22 (Friday, February 1, 2013)]
[Page 7411]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02131]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC470

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS); Certification of New VMS Unit 
for Use in Northeast Fisheries

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of VMS unit certification.


SUMMARY: NMFS announces the approval and certification of the CLS 
America Thorium VMS Terminal model 100 (TST-100) with Iridium satellite 
communications network for use in the northeastern United States in 
which VMS units are required.

DATES: This new TST-100 unit can be used effective January 24, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Law Enforcement, Northeast 
Division, Northeast VMS Team, telephone 978-281-9213.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations at 50 CFR 648.9 and 648.10 set 
forth VMS requirements for fisheries in the northeastern United States 
for the operation of VMS units used for reporting and monitoring. 
Specifically, 50 CFR 648.9 requires that minimum performance criteria 
published by the NMFS Office of Law Enforcement and any established 
Northeast regional standards must be met in order to be certified for 
    The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, has reviewed all 
components of the TST-100 VMS unit and other information provided by 
the vendor and has certified the following unit for use in all 
Northeast fisheries in which VMS units are required: Thorium TST-100, 
available from CLS America, Inc., 4300 Forbes Blvd., Suite 110, Lanham, 
Maryland 20706, telephone (301) 925-4411, fax (301) 925-8995, email: 

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: January 25, 2013.
Kara Meckley,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-02131 Filed 1-31-13; 8:45 am]