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Regional organization

  • Member States: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, European Community, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay
  • Acceding States: Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Peru, Vanuatu
  • Note: Approximately only fifteen of the above parties engage in fishing activities within the CCAMLR Convention Area each fishing season.

Fisheries monitored by VMS

  • All exploratory longline fisheries within the CCAMLR Convention Area, excluding some EEZs, on a real-time reporting basis.
  • Other longline fisheries within the CCAMLR Convention Area, excluding some EEZs, on a delayed reporting basis.
  • All finfish trawl fisheries within the CCAMLR Convention Area, excluding some EEZs, on a delayed reporting basis.
  • Note: CCAMLR has adopted the North Atlantic Format model of centralized dual-reporting VMS, whereby VMS data are transmitted to the Secretariat from the vessel’s Flag State Fisheries Monitoring Centre. The centralized VMS measure will become fully binding upon CCAMLR Contracting Parties in May 2005.

Number of vessels monitored by VMS

  • Total: 27
  • Longline: 27

Vessel size range (GRT)

  • Longline: 349 – 2 203

Purpose of VMS monitoring

  • Monitor compliance with CCAMLR conservation measures in force;
  • Provide additional information for patrols within the CCAMLR Convention Area conducted by CCAMLR Members;
  • Assist with the verification of Dissostichus catch documents (DCDs).

Security measures

  • Communications: encrypted internet, email
  • Control centre: physical and electronic security measures.

Legal framework

  • National CCAMLR-related legislation (to be) implemented by Contracting Parties.

Funding strategy

  • Establishment costs for control centre funded primarily by CCAMLR Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) Special Fund (monies generated from the sale of seized and confiscated catches of Dissostichus spp)
  • Ongoing operations: CCAMLR General Fund

Staffing level

  • One half-time staff
  • Each CCAMLR Member with monitored vessels has a designated CCAMLR VMS Contact Officer, but these are primarily engaged in national monitoring duties.

Additional integrated programmes

  • CCAMLR System of Inspection
  • CCAMLR Catch Documentation Scheme for Dissostichus spp. (CDS)

Anticipated growth

  • Up to 50 vessels monitored on an annual basis.




Sarah Reinhart
Fishery Monitoring and Compliance Manager

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
PO Box 213
North Hobart
7002 Australia
Telephone: (+61) 3 6210 1102
Fax: (+61) 3 6224 8744
send an email
Web site: http://www.ccamlr.org

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