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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– May 2017

Patagonian Toothfish in the South Atlantic (VMS)
Consolidated Fisheries


We are using Argos Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) units on our vessels fishing for Patagonian Toothfish in the South Atlantic.

Patagonian Toothfish is a valuable and protected resource and as such is highly regulated under international agreements.

We are licensed by the Falkland Islands Government and vessels must be fitted with a VMS unit as part of standard licensing conditions.

While we do not fish in CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) zones, our vessels follow the CCAMLR convention rules for Antarctic Zone and the Argos system is proven to work at our southern latitudes.

Program details:

  1. The Objective is to fish as to conserve the fishing resource and manage our vessel movements.
  2. The VMS units are owned and operated by ourselves.
  3. VMS data is sent to the CCAMLR.
  4. Both Argos and Inmarsat are approved by the Falkland Islands and UK Governments.
  5. We choose Argos for our vessels due to its accuracy at our latitudes, reliability and accessibility.

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