Vessel Monitoring Units

Can you spot the vessel monitoring unit on this boat? Small isn’t it!

It’s the first new vessel tracking device to be trialled as part of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy which is introducing the technology to all commercial boats by 2020.

Vessel tracking is being trialled on line, net and crab fishery boats in south east Queensland, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Vessels involved in the trial range in size from small tinnes with no existing power source to vessels 15 metres in length.

The unit being trialled costs around $230 with a monthly cost of around $40 for sending location data. Costs of approved units will be subsidised by the government, starting in early 2018.

Find out more about the expansion of vessel tracking at

Note: original post edited to change monthly cost from around $30 to around $40.


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