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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.



Justine Kenyon-Benson, VMS Administrator
PIRSA Fishwatch
PO Box 282
Port Adelaide
South 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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