Several state agencies in Australia maintain their own VMS
programmes, including South Australia.
Managed by Primary Industries and Resources South Australia
Geographic area includes marine waters of South Australia from
the South Australia/Western Australia border to the South
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
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
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
VMS in this fishery would be used to maximize compliance
efficiency and as a fishery management tool
Control centre: Physical and electronic measures
- ALC’s: security seals applied as part of the installation process
- 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.
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
Initial base station set-up costs government funded
1 full time VMS Administrator, part time IT support staff
- 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.