Vessel Monitoring System training begins next week

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WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA, 16-20 FEBRUARY 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security (ANCORS) are conducting a FFA Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) training course for FFA Members.

This training course will be conducted over a 5 day period, 16 to 20 February 2009, at the ANCORS Innovation Campus within the University of Wollongong. The course, funded by FFA, covers a wide range of subject matter and aims to further develop and prepare FFA VMS officers in their roles and responsibilities as VMS implementation officers.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA, 16-20 FEBRUARY 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security (ANCORS) are conducting a FFA Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) training course for FFA Members.

This training course will be conducted over a 5 day period, 16 to 20 February 2009, at the ANCORS Innovation Campus within the University of Wollongong. The course, funded by FFA, covers a wide range of subject matter and aims to further develop and prepare FFA VMS officers in their roles and responsibilities as VMS implementation officers.

Presentation and delivery of all subject matter will be provided by experts in their various fields. With the implementation of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) VMS only months away, it is important that FFA VMS officers understand the relationship between the FFA VMS and the WCPFC VMS since the WCPFC will be utilising the FFA VMS infrastructure and will be using the same programs for the delivery of their VMS services.

In brief, the course outline includes topics such as: Introduction to VMS, Communications and how they work, Global Positioning System (GPS), Mobile Transmitting Units (MTUs), Overview of the Pacific VMS, Introduction to VMS data types, Guide to aspects of Operational VMS, Interpretation of VMS data, Hands on (DNID management, Vessel Monitoring, Interpretation), Law and Regulations.