Do I have to have an I-VMS device to go fishing now?

As legislation mandating the use of an I-VMS device in English waters has not yet been introduced, you can continue to fish without one. We are however working with industry to have devices installed on all vessels well in advance of the legislation, expected in April 2024. 

For those fishers operating in the Devon and Severn area, MMO has agreed interim measures with Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) to allow vessels to continue to fish. If you fish in that IFCA district, please contact them to ask for further details.  

Please note that the Welsh Government has a legal requirement for I-VMS to be operating on boats fishing in Welsh waters.  Please contact Welsh Government Fisheries department for further information: or telephone 03000 258907 / 03000 258923.

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