24-hour monitoring centre
The FMC (Fisheries Monitoring Centre) is the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries' 24-hour operation for monitoring Norwegian and foreign fishing vessels' movements hour by hour.
The centre will be responsible for processing various reporting schemes imposed on the fishing fleet operating in Norwegian waters.
– One key task will continue to be the follow-up of Norwegian and foreign vessels in terms of tracking and receiving quota monitoring and other electronic reports, explains Anders Østreim, the Directorate's head of section.
– By combining the various data that are the subject of electronic reporting, we will be able to localise fishing activity with great precision. This offers major benefits, not just in our monitoring activities, but also in regulating the fisheries.
Østreim emphasises that staff in the new centre will also be providing services and responding to requests from employees at the Directorate's regional offices and from external users such as the coastguard and other public and private-sector actors.
The centre will also be a hub in the combat against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) through close contact with national and international monitoring authorities.
The FMC will be manning the Directorate's hotline number 03415 for reporting illegal fishing activity.
Alongside its fisheries monitoring and surveillance operations, the 24-hour centre will also act as a response centre for reporting harmful algal blooms, jellyfish, stranded marine mammals and escapees from fish farms.