Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (IVMS) – an update
The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have recently responded to the consultation on Introducing Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (IVMS). They have confirmed that IVMS will be introduced for all licensed British fishing boats under 12 metres in length operating in English waters.
This requirement will be implemented via a statutory instrument. The date of implementation is not expected to be before 2021 to allow for the roll-out of an IVMS solution using EMFF funding on all under 12 metre vessels. The MMO will notify vessel owners accordingly.
The full summary of responses to the consultation can be found here.