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Provincial/state/local programme

  • Several state agencies in Australia maintain their own VMS programmes, including South Australia.
  • Managed by Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA)
  • Geographic area includes marine waters of South Australia from the South Australia/Western Australia border to the South Australia/Victoria border.

Fisheries monitored by VMS

  • Northern Zone Rock Lobster fishery:
    • Currently 69 licenses held, if fishing during the northern zone rock lobster season are required to have an operational VMS on board, even if not targeting rock lobster
    • During the 2004/2005 season actively monitored 59 vessels
    • Vessels range from 8.8 to 18.4 metres
    • VMS was introduced into this fishery when it moved to a quota management system due to the expansive coastline and high number of potential offload sites. VMS was part of the most efficient and cost-effective compliance package.

  • Miscellaneous fishery (Giant Crab):
    • Currently 2 dedicated giant crab fishers required to have VMS on board
    • Vessels are within the 16.5-18.5 meter range
    • VMS in use due to the requirement to fish outside of 60 fathoms

  • At-sea aquaculture operation:
    • Currently one at-sea aquaculture operation is required to have VMS as a condition of their licence.
    • Vessel is 123 meters in length
    • VMS required as vessel has a defined operating zone that it must remain within at all times. There is also a licensing requirement for the vessel to be moved a minimum of 3 nautical miles every 14 days.

VMS planned for implementation in 2005

  • Negotiations are advanced in relation to the implementation of VMS within a further SA fishery
  • Should this proceed, implementation is likely to occur by July 1 2005.
  • VMS in this fishery would be used to maximize compliance efficiency and as a fishery management tool

Security measures

  • Control centre: Physical and electronic measures
  • ALC’s: security seals applied as part of the installation process

Legal framework

  • South Australia Fisheries (Vessel Monitoring Scheme) Regulations 2003 under the South Australia Fisheries Act 1982. The at-sea aquaculture operation is managed under aquaculture licence condition.

Funding strategy

  • Vessel owner pays for equipment purchase, installation and maintenance. Compliance is run on a cost-recovery basis; therefore, industry pays indirectly for polling costs and infrastructure costs.
  • Initial base station set-up costs government funded

Staffing level

  • 1 full time VMS Administrator, part time IT support staff

Anticipated growth

  • Potentially VMS will expand to include other fisheries. Introduction is based on the potential benefit to compliance and fisheries management and typically has occurred in consultation with industry.

 

Contacts

Justine Kenyon-Benson, VMS Administrator
PIRSA Fishwatch
PO Box 282
Port Adelaide
South Australia
5015
Australia
Telephone: +618 (0) 8347 6100
Fax: +618 (0) 8449 1646
send an email
Web site: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries/fishwatch

 
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