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Responsibility of masters of fishing vessels

It is the responsibility of the master to ensure that the satellite-tracking device is fully operational at all times. In particular the master must ensure that:

  • data is not altered in any way
  • antenna or antennas concerned are not obstructed in any way
  • power supply to the satellite-tracking device is not interrupted in any way
  • the satellite-tracking device is not removed from the vessel.

It is prohibited to destroy, damage, render inoperative or otherwise interfere with satellite-tracking device.

Failure to comply fully with the detailed rules as laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 (PDF 2.3 MB) may result in an offence being committed which could lead to enforcement action being taken.

Contact information

Satellite Operations
Marine Management Organisation
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 376 2500
Fax: 0191 376 2501
Email: vms@

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