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
- 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