Vessel monitoring system

A Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) is a computer-based system that allows the position of vessels to be automatically monitored and analysed from shore.

The Vessel Monitoring System is implemented in the:

  • Miscellaneous fishery for licence holders fishing for giant crab
  • Northern Zone Rock Lobster fishery
  • Sardine fishery
  • Southern Zone Abalone fishery.

The registered owner of a registered boat must make sure the boat is fitted with an approved International Marine/Maritime Satellite (INMARSAT) C transceiver. These are also known as a VMS unit or Automatic Location Communicator (ALC).

Registered boats that are only used for:

  • transporting people
  • transporting fish
  • transporting fishing devices
  • setting sardine nets

do not need a transceiver.

The Vessel Monitoring System is a requirement of the Fisheries Management (Vessel Monitoring Scheme) Regulations 2007.

Vessel Monitoring System installation and operation

The Vessel Monitoring System must be installed and maintained to a set standard by an approved agent. The registered owner of a registered boat must make sure the system is operating at all times during the fishing season.

An installation certificate must be filled in and sent to Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture.

VMS installation certificate (PDF 81.4 KB)

Vessel Monitoring System contact person

A contact person must be nominated in case the Vessel Monitoring System stops operating and the boat crew cannot be contacted.

Emergency contact details may also need to be passed onto the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in the case of an imminent threat to life.

More information

Phone Fishwatch on 1800 065 522.

Page Last Reviewed: 28 Jul 2017
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