Vessel Monitoring System on the West Coast

A vessel monitoring system (VMS) consists of a NOAA Fisheries type-approved transmitter that automatically determines a vessel's position and transmits it to a communications service provider.

A vessel monitoring system (VMS) consists of a NOAA Fisheries type-approved transmitter that automatically determines a vessel's position and transmits it to a communications service provider. The communications service provider receives the transmission and relays it to NOAA Fisheries. In the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery, the position data is primarily used to monitor fishing activity relative to closed areas.

Regulations and Resources

VMS Forms

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on January 29, 2020