Commercial fishing and fisheries – form

Vessel monitoring system: data request

Vessels owners, agents or skippers should use this subject access request form to request VMS data from the MMO.



You have the right of access to your personal data held by the MMO under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The right of access is subject to certain limited exemptions set out in the DPA. A request by an individual for access to his personal data is known as a Subject Access Request (SAR).

The right of subject access only applies to data (information), which amounts to “personal data” within the meaning of the DPA. Data relating to a living individual who can be identified from that data and other information will be “personal data” and therefore covered by the Act. This covers requests that you submit for fishing vessel(s) you own.

It is vital to ensure that your information is not disclosed to people who have not been authorised to act on your behalf of a particular individual. Any request made by a person purporting to act on behalf of you must be accompanied by a signed authorisation by yourself.

In the case of SAR we have 40 calendar days to respond to your request. Requests submitted using this form should be emailed to the MMO access to information team at