Operate a vessel
Operate a vessel means for purposes of VMS that the fishing vessel is:
(1) Offloading or processing fish;
(2) In transit to, from, or between the fishing areas; or
(3) Fishing or conducting operations in support of fishing.
50 CFR § 679.2
In addition to the definitions in the Magnuson-Stevens Act and in part 600 of this chapter, the terms used in this part have the following meanings: