Vessel tracking

Vessel tracking will be introduced onto all commercial fishing boats by the end of 2020, with a priority to install units on net, line and crab commercial fishing vessels by 2018.

The use of modern technologies like vessel tracking will help ensure the sustainability of Queensland’s fisheries. It will lead to more informed and responsive management, which will benefit the marine resources upon which many operators and regional communities are dependent.

Vessel tracking is a commitment in the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027, which paves the way for Queensland to have a world-class fisheries management system.

Draft vessel tracking policy and guidelines

Download the draft Vessel tracking policy (PDF, 597.8KB) and Vessel tracking guidelines (PDF, 958.1KB) and provide your feedback.

  • Stakeholder meetings

    Our officers will be travelling through Queensland in early 2018 to discuss VMS policy and guidelines with commercial fishers. You can book a time in advance.

  • Feedback

    Leave your feedback by answering a few quick questions, emailing VMSmail@daf.qld.gov.au or phoning 13 25 23.

  • Satellite tracking on all boats

    Background information about why vessel tracking is important and how we will use vessel tracking to support fisheries management.

  • Vessel tracking unit trial update

    We are currently trialling 4 new vessel tracking units. The units have been selected due to their size, cost, movability, robustness and availability.

Last updated 03 January 2018