12 December 2018

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) help the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) monitor the position, course and speed of Commonwealth fishing vessels and is a key tool in ensuring compliance with the fisheries management arrangements.

Operators are reminded that VMS units are to remain switched on at all times and this includes across the Christmas and New Year period.

Any vessel with their VMS system switched off, where the operator has not notified AFMA, may be required to return to, or remain in port, until such time that AFMA can conduct an investigation and the issue is resolved.

AFMA understands that VMS units may need to be switched off for a range of reasons including: placing the boat on the slip for maintenance, or tying it up for a break.

To ensure you remain compliant, prior to switching of the VMS unit you must submit a Temporary Switch Off (TSO)  application to ausvms [at] afma.com.au.