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The MMO has revealed that the majority of under-12m inshore vessels participated in the I-VMS roll-out program during 2023

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has revealed that over 80% of under-12m inshore vessels actively participated in the I-VMS (Inshore Vessel Monitoring System) roll-out program last year.

This initiative has resulted in a substantial £1.3 million in European funding being awarded to fishermen.

Expected to be enforced in April 2024, new legislation in the form of a statutory instrument (SI) will mandate all under-12m vessels engaged in commercial fishing activities in English waters to be equipped with an active I-VMS device.

As part of the successful roll-out program in the previous year, suppliers have already completed installations or secured bookings with approximately half of the vessel owners who purchased a device. However, around half of the vessel owners are yet to make any arrangements for installation.

Device warranties necessitate installation by the suppliers or their approved engineers. The MMO is urging fishermen to book the installation of their devices promptly to ensure compliance and the ability to fish when the new legislation takes effect.

Peter Clark, MMO’s Director of Operations, expressed gratitude for the industry’s positive response to the roll-out program and emphasised the need to shift focus towards assisting the industry in arranging timely installations. Clark stated, “Without industry cooperation now, we could soon be facing a pinch-point as suppliers work to accommodate the outstanding installations between now and when we expect the new legislation to come into effect.”

The grant scheme, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), which reimbursed fishermen up to £1,050 per vessel for purchase and installation costs, is no longer available. Fishermen who are yet to purchase a device are now expected to cover these costs independently and are encouraged to take immediate steps to order and arrange the installation of an approved device.

Clark added, “We’re in the process of writing to fishermen to remind them of conditions under the EMFF funding scheme they agreed to when making their grant claims, which includes a requirement to install devices within 90 days. Anyone who has claimed a grant but not been able to arrange installation should do so now or contact us with any information to explain why that’s not possible.”

The MMO is writing to fishermen with further guidance and the I-VMS helpline remains open. Contact them on 01900 508618, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) or email [email protected]. Read more online at www.gov.uk/mmo/i-vms-england.


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