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Views wanted on fishing boat monitoring systems

Those operating fishing vessels are being asked for their views on monitoring systems for their boats.

The Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture wants opinions in proposed new legislation to make it a requirement to have Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (I-VMS) on any licensed fishing craft under 12 metres long.

The I-VMS technology records boat speed, direction and location with the information then sent to an established national centre - and DEFA wants to know how it could impact on those who could end up using it.

A survey on the matter has been launched and remains open until august 2 - it's available on the DEFA Sea Fisheries Facebook page.

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