Commercial Fishing Vessel Monitoring System

Omnitracs Fishing Mobile Communications Terminal GPS (FMCTG)

With species-specific controls and restrictions monitored by regulatory agencies around the world, reliable and affordable Vessel Monitoring Systems are critical to successful compliance for commercial fishermen.

The Omnitracs Fishing Mobile Communication Terminal GPS (FMCTG) is approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the United States and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Canada to provide a reliable log of location, days at sea and catch. The FMCTG’s electronic link to NMFS or DFO ensures automated reporting and is proven to provide dependable regulatory compliance for fishermen who rely on accurate information transmission for their livelihood.

Features and Benefits:

Not only does the FMCTG provide VMS compliance, it opens up a world of communication for commercial fishermen who are often at sea for days and weeks at a time. Email keeps families in touch, as well as the shore-side office and suppliers. Just as important as the vital link the FMCTG provides to connect fishing boats out at sea is the connection to McMurdo's 24/7/365 Customer Care Center, ensuring that distress calls are immediately routed to the U.S. Coast Guard for emergency response.

  • Secure Communications: The FMCTG is fully secure so fishermen can safely convey proprietary catch location data not only to shore, but to partner vessels.
  • Emergency Support: All weather communications 24 hours a day for emergency support with priority messaging and an optional Panic Button for one-button immediate assistance.
  • Optional Services: Includes sports, weather and fish prices on demand, as well as call, fax and email concierge.
  • Web-Based Shore-Side Interface: Two-way messaging and vessel tracking from any computer or mobile device.
  • Reimbursement Program: Qualifying vessels can be reimbursed by the government. See below for more information about the VMS Reimbursement Program.

Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

In order to control fish populations, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) creates rules that govern where vessels can fish. To comply with these rules, fishing vessels must have a permit and be equipped with an NMFS-approved Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).

Simple to Use and More Than Just Monitoring!

Boatracs has been in the business of Vessel Monitoring and communications services to commerical fishermen for over 15 years. With thousands of vessels equipped, the Boatracs system is the most proven and reliable system in the industry. Boatracs is not only a NMFS-approved VMS, but it’s also a satellite communication system – always on, always ready. With its extremely simple operation, it allows you to stay in touch with your family, associates, and other vessels in near real time. And with Boatracs’ 24/7 Network Operations Center, you have the peace of mind that comes with the ability to always be able to reach a live person whenever you need one.Add the optional Panic Button and you can send an instant distress signal including your exact GPS coordinates to Boatracs. Upon receiving a distress signal, Boatracs immediately notifies the Coast Guard and performs any additional procedures that you specify.

VMS Reimbursement

To offset the cost of complying with NMFS regulations, the government created a reimbursement program. By taking advantage of this program, you may be able to equip your fishing vessel with an NMFS-approved Boatracs communications system at very little cost.To find out whether you qualify for VMS reimbursement, we suggest that you contact the OLE VMS Helpdesk at 1-888-219-9228. Once you have determined your eligibility, contact an authorized dealer to get you started on your purchase of a Boatracs communications system. We can have your unit ready to be installed the next time your vessel is in port.