Vessel Monitoring Systems

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS)

A vessel monitoring system (VMS) is a satellite-based system designed to track and monitor commercial fishing vessel activity and includes the use of an approved automatic location communicator (ALC) which is fitted to prescribed Tasmanian commercial fishing vessels.

The ALC’s purpose is to provide information on vessel position, course and speed.  This information is transmitted via the ALC and made available to authorised fisheries officers using secure tracking software.

VMS is not designed to be a safety system and is not monitored for this purpose by NRE Tas or any maritime safety agency.


Is VMS required on my vessel?

VMS is required for vessels that are:

  • packaged with a fishing licence (giant crab) that has 15 or more giant crab quota units
  • abalone mother boats
  • undertaking abalone fishing trips as a mother boat and start a trip to take blacklip abalone outside the Bass Strait or northern area and conclude that trip outside the Bass Strait area or conclude a trip outside the northern area in which blacklip abalone was taken in the northern area
  • participating in an open scallop season or are undertaking scallop surveys
  • VMS - Temporary Switch Off Form
    NRE Tas may give approval to the Supervisor of a fishing licence (vessel) to not operate an Automatic Location Communicator for a specified period of time while the vessel is at an approved location.

Contact

Fisheries Compliance and Licensing Branch
Level 1, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fisheries.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au

Hotline

Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au