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VMS is used to monitor the movement of fishing vessels with a Permit to fish in restricted areas. A vessel may transit through a Restricted Area without fishing or may not be allowed in the area at all.
The vessel may or may not report its catch however under European Union (EU) fishing rules the vessel is required to report the following data:
- Catch on Entry
- Weekly catch
- Port of Landing
- Catch on Exit
Clearly the VMS is the technology used by fisheries enforcement in addition to boardings and inspections at sea. In this VMS, AIS and VTS are all used controlled from a Fisheries Management Centre (FMC). In the EU the National FMC's work in partnership exchanging data to develop the overall fisheries status.
Please remember the 800 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the Coast of Somalia. Also on the Coast of West Africa pirates attacks are occuring with increasing frequency.