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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Installing and using an ALC

Before you begin fishing in a VMS-monitored fishery, an automatic location communicator (ALC) must be purchased, configured and installed by dealers and installers in accordance with the Department of Fisheries Vessel Monitoring System Approved Directions. 

Buying and installing an ALC

You must follow the steps below to have an ALC installed. Buying, installing and commissioning an ALC can take up to a month so please begin this process well before you intend to commence fishing operations.

1. Select your ALC model. You must choose your model from those approved for use, which can be found in the legally approved directions for installation and use of ALCs.

2. Select your ALC distributor from our approved list of master agents.

3. Select your airtime service provider (your dealer can help with this). At this stage you will be given your Inmarsat mobile number (IMN).

4. Locate an ALC installer. This must be an “approved person” as defined in the VMS Approved Directions.

5. Complete these three forms with help from your dealer or installer.

• ALC boat contact details form.

• ALC Data Network Identifier Download (DNID) Agreement form.

• ALC boat permit/licence form. (Used to indicate fisheries in which the boat may legally be used to fish.)

6. Once your ALC has been configured by the dealer to our specifications it will be forwarded to your selected installer.

7. After installation, the installer will complete an ALC installation certificate form. You must sign the form and send it to us with the forms above.

8. Once we have received all required paperwork and monitored the ALC to ensure it is operational, it will be commissioned. A confirmation message will be sent to your vessel via the ALC. Keep a copy of this commissioning notification for your records.

For more information on the legal requirements for buying, installing and commissioning an ALC see the approved directions.

Using an ALC

Once your ALC has been installed and you are linked to the vessel monitoring system, there are several other forms you may require. 

  • E1 Application for release of information form. For use by licence holders at any stage to check how much quota/entitlement they have used.
  • ALC general maintenance form. To keep a record of maintenance work carried out by the installer or authorised dealer.
  • ALC power-down approval form. To be completed when seeking power-down approval (for example, during vessel maintenance).
  • ALC deactivation form. To be completed by the owner before removing an ALC if the boat no longer has any State (Western Australian) fishing authorisation requiring an ALC. This form is not required if you are replacing an existing ALC – but please contact our VMS staff for more information on deactivation. 
  • ALC fishing boat master details update form. To be completed by the boat owner/master if there is a change of master. This is to ensure the correct contact details are recorded for each vessel. Information required on this form may alternatively be sent using the easyMail email messaging service (see below for details).  

Ways to communicate

There are several ways of communicating with the Department of Fisheries, when necessary, including via the easyMail email messaging service. Our user-friendly guide can help you use easyMail, which is available for vessels using ALCs. You can find more information about using easyMail on our frequently asked questions page. 

Contact us

For support from our VMS officers during office hours, call our Fremantle office or email
Outside office hours, call our 24-hour VMS messaging service if there is a problem with the ALC data messaging terminal.
Note: This 24-hour number is not a replacement to the normal use of the data message terminal. The master or owner of the vessel fitted with the ALC must rectify any problem with the data message terminal at the boat's first return to port. You should also contact a VMS officer as soon as possible to ensure the ALC is operating effectively. 

Last modified: 15/07/2019 4:42 PM

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