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Vessel Monitoring System

Vessel Monitoring System

In view of the increasing responsibilities vested upon the flag States in the management of high seas fisheries and the requirement of regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) to use satellite as a tool for tracking fishing activities, in 1996 the government commissioned this Council to develop a vessel monitoring system (VMS), user friendly to the fishermen with the capacity of upgrading to accommodate different functions.

From the period between 1996 and 1999, the government encouraged boat owners to install VMS modules on their fishing vessels through provision of funding. Starting from 2000, the government required that longliners and jiggers fishing in the Atlantic Ocean to install VMS modules and report their positions on a regular basis. In addition, in 2002, the government further imposed mandatory requirement for those vessels catching southern bluefin tuna and saury to install VMS modules. In the 4th quarter of 2003, the requirement of installation of VMS has extended to all vessels catching bigeye tuna in the Indian Ocean. In the July of 2004, the mandatory requirement of installation of VMS has further extended to all of the large- scale tuna longliners of Taiwan. In addition, reporting of catch via VMS is on a trial basis. In 2008, the mandatory requirement of installation of VMS has extended to small-scale longliners (below 100 tons). In 2009, the mandatory requirement of installation of VMS has also extended to vessels harvesting coral, recreational vessels and live-fish carriers that operate in the offshore water of Taiwan.

 

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