- The USA VMS programme is comprised of five sub-programmes in different administrative divisions within NOAA’s Fisheries Service. Each programme is administered independently, and all are connected to a central NOAA VMS database and to the US Coast Guard.
- The Northwest Region includes marine waters off US states of Washington, Oregon and California.
Fisheries monitored by VMS
- Limited entry permitted vessels. Vessels that fish in a Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) with the following gear type, must declare their intentions to fish with OLE NW Division:
- Limited entry fixed gear
- Limited entry midwater trawl gear
- Limited entry bottom trawl gear
- Pink shrimp, spot prawn and ridgeback prawn trawl gear
- California halibut trawl gear
- Sea cucumber trawl gear
- Tribal trawl gear
- Spot prawn and ridgeback prawn non-trawl gear
- Crab or lobster gear
- Pacific Halibut gear
- Salmon troll gear
- California halibut gear
- California Sheephead gear
- Gear used to take species under the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan
- Gear used to take species under the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan
- Gear used to take species managed by the State of California as the “gillnet complex”
Number of vessels monitored by VMS
Vessel size range
- 17.5 ft (5.3 m) to 308 ft (93.9 m)
Purpose of VMS monitoring
- Monitoring compliance with regulated fishing zones
- Control centre: Physical and electronic measures
- Regional (US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 50, Part 660)
- National (Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (USA Public Law 94-265)
- Vessel owner pays for equipment purchase, installation and maintenance.
- Vessel owner pays for required position reports.
- Federal government pays for additional polling, declarations.
Additional integrated programmes
- Declaration of intent to fish
- To 1 500 to 4 000 vessels over next five years
Joseph Albert, VMS Programme Manager, Northwest
NOAA Fisheries Law Enforcement
7600 Sand Point Way, NE
United States of America
Telephone: (+1) 206 526 6133
Fax: (+1) 206 526 6528
Web site: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ole/nw_northwest.html