Vessel monitoring system to be installed on Myanmar’s fishing fleet

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Fishing vessels seen at Nyaung Tan Jetty, Yangon. Photo: GNLM/Phoe Khwar

Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation will soon require all fishing boats to use Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS), electronic devices that can provide location, catch-size and other fishing surveillance data for closer fisheries regulation, according to a report in yesterday’s City News Daily.
The Fisheries Department signed a consultation contract in March 2017 with F&S Marine, a French fisheries consultancy, to implement the systems and the so-called Myanmar Monitoring Control and Surveillance programme with assistance from the French Development Agency.
The monitoring and surveillance project was adopted to comply with international standards and better export prospects and to respond to dwindling international fisheries.
Vessel monitoring systems have a variety of uses including forecasting weather data, transmitting emergency information and preventing illegal fishing and other illicit maritime activities.


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