VMS (Vessel Monitoring Systems) & ERS (Electronic Recording Systems)


VMS became mandatory for all European fishing vessels in excess of 12 metres length overall with effect from 1 January 2012. Although Member States were allowed grant exemptions from this requirement for vessels between 12 and 15 metres,  as the Competent Authority in Ireland; the SFPA, decided that in general there would be no exemptions given to Irish FV's from the requirement to have VMS fitted.  There are currently two exceptions to this and the following vessels are not presently required to have VMS fitted ;

  • GLADIA, T402A


All other Irish fishing vessels with a LOA greater than 12 metres that proceed to sea must have VMS fitted and operational.


Irish Fishing Vessel fitted with ERS

Irish fishing vessels greater than 12 metres are fitted with ERS. There are exemptions in place for two groups of vessels ;

  • Vessels used exclusively for Aquaculture, in accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011, CHAPTER II, Section 1, Article 36, para 2 

  • Vessels between 12 and 15 metre length overall where the vessel is operated exclusively within the territorial seas of the Flag State or never spends more than 24 hours at sea from the time of departure to the return to port, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, CHAPTER I, Section 1, Article 22, para 3. A list of vessel granted exemptions is available here ; 12 to 15 Metre ERS Exemptions Granted last updated 15 Sep 2017.

The above groups of vessels have been exempted from the  requirements outlined in Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 404/2011 in relation to Electronic Recording Systems (ERS)

A list of Irish fishing vessels fitted with ERS last updated on 6 March 2018 is available here: /Portals/0/Sea-Fisheries%20Conservation/Control%20Programs/ERS%20Vessels%20Mar%2018.pdf

Exchange of Information between FMC's

The Irish ERS hub is exchanging ERS data with Norway of Irish fishing vessels operating in Norwegian waters and Norwegian fishing vessels operating in Irish waters through the European Hub since February 2011.The Irish ERS hub is live with the European Commission Data Exchange Highway since the 26th of October 2011.  This allows Ireland to exchange relevant ERS data with other European Member States and Norway.

Point of Contact

Contact by email:        Jim.Shalloo@sfpa.ie 

Contact by telephone: +353 23 8859300


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