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A VMS programme may incorporate several types of information that are desirable to exchange with other agencies, including VMS position information, permit and license registries, catch certificates and trade documents, electronic fishing logbook information, customs tariff codes and fish product tracing information. This data exchange can be done manually by mail, telephone or fax, but is increasingly done automatically.

The laws of many nations, however, stipulate that many types of information may be used only for the purpose for which it is collected, and only by the agency that collected it. Such rules may preclude the sharing of VMS data. The Information security - VMS , formatting and protocol issues for such data exchanges are currently being resolved. Ultimately, standardized data formats and protocols will result from existing and developing data sets, developed in coordination with regional fisheries management organizations, national authorities and other users.For progress by FAO in this area, please see: Report of the Expert Consultation on Data Formats and Procedures for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance. Bergen, Norway, 25 - 27 October 2004 , Bergen, Norway, 25–27 October 2004. FAO Fisheries Report No. 761.



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