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Fisheries monitored by VMS

  • All commercial fisheries

Number of vessels monitored by VMS

  • Total: 456 (each vessel participates in only one fishery)

  • Alfonsino: 31
  • Swordfish: 12
  • Anchoveta: 113
  • Cod: 22
  • Sea bream: 47
  • Squid: 7
  • Shrimp: 25
  • Cuttlefish (Jibia): 155
  • Mackerel (Jurel): 143
  • Prawns: 26
  • Hake (merluza): 57
  • Ray: 39
  • Sardine: 65

Vessel size range (length in metres)

  • Swordfish: 13 – 34.8
  • Alfonsino: 28.3 – 66
  • Anchoveta: 21.95 – 72.87
  • Cod: 13 – 59
  • Sea bream: 17.2 – 58.6
  • Squid: 37.85 – 53.3
  • Shrimp: 14.9 – 55.7
  • Cuttlefish (Jibia): 14.79 – 66
  • Mackerel (Jurel): 21.95 – 72.87
  • Prawn: 14.9 – 55.7
  • Hake (merluza): 14.9 – 58.6
  • Ray: 14.79 – 55.7
  • Sardine: 21.95 – 65.5

Purpose of VMS monitoring

  • Protection of fishery resources by constantly verifying that vessels operate in authorized areas, and also monitoring of port entry and exit.

Legal framework

  • VMS obligations and sanctions are found in the Laws and Regulations of the Republic: Supreme Decree No. 430 (1991, as amended), Law No. 19.521, Supreme Decree No. 123 (2004).

Funding strategy

  • Communications between vessel and ground station are funded by the vessel owners.
  • Communications between the ground station and the fishery monitoring centres are funded by the Chilean government.
  • The Chilean government funds operations of the fishery monitoring centres. Personnel include fishery managers and computer scientists.

Additional integrated programmes

  • The VMS is also used by the Chilean Navy in the verification of exit and entry to port, vessel location, and for aids to navigation.
  • The VMS information is also used in the management of resources, e.g. area closures.
  • The system is also used to monitor all foreign vessels that wish to enter Chilean ports – this monitoring of foreign fishing vessels occurs both inside and outside the Chilean EEZ.

Anticipated growth

  • To almost 500 vessels in the next five years. The VMS regulations are expected to be applied to all fishing vessels over 14 m in length.

Contacts

Alejandro Covarrubias, Jefe Departamento de Fiscalización Pesquera
Servicio Nacional de Pesca
Av. Victoria 2832
Valparaíso
Chile
Telephone: (+56) 32 819301
Fax: (+56) 32 819300
send an email
Web site: http://www.sernapesca.cl

 
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