Fisheries VMS: More information for fisheries and fisheries compliance. Zebra-Tech VMS Deck Loggers.


A vessel monitoring system (VMS) is a system which, at regular intervals, can provide data to fisheries authorities on the location, course and speed of vessels. These VMS units are used internationally and are becoming a requirement in a number of commercial fisheries.

Zebra-Tech’s Deck Logger can go beyond merely position data. What about identifying who is fishing? when actual fishing starts and stops? what species is being fished for currently? What else would you like?! The Deck Logger can be used not only for VMS but for a range of data collection needs.

Consider for example, a small inshore fisheries vessel that will fish for Abalone, Lobster and Sea Urchin depending on the day, the conditions, the market or the season. The day might start by steaming out of port but fishing might not get underway for several hours. The next day might be for an entirely different species. A stand alone VMS system is unlikely to be able to report these details. Enter, The Zebra-Tech Deck Logger.

New Zealand Paua (Abalone) fishing operators in the Chatham Islands already use VMS on their Paua Boat Loggers, gradually these are being replaced by the new Deck Logger which offers the flexibility to work with a wide variety of data collection programs.

Fisheries VMS, Paua (abalone) diver recording catch data

Fisheries VMS – Paua (abalone) diver enters catch

At the start of a trip, the fishing operator selects species from the home menu on the Deck logger. After that, if desired, they enter their ID number and sea conditions such as swell and wind direction. The VMS unit on the Deck Logger will send position and ID data. When the fishermen lifts their catch, either a Zebra-Tech Wet Tag or the fishing operator may start using the Deck Logger to store information.

So behind the scenes, the vessel will be reporting it’s position using the Deck Loggers VMS (an optional extra to our standard Deck Loggers), direction and speed back to shore together with the species being fished for and the fisher ID of the vessel operator…other simple data could also be sent.