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At a meeting recently held in Melbourne between AIMS, the NSW Professional Fishermens Association and the National Seafood Industry Alliance it was agreed that the three associations work together to assure a streamlined transition from Government to Private surveyors in the Domestic Commercial Vessel sector. 

In order to provide our AMSA accredited surveyors with a more level playing field the AIMS has formed the partnership arrangement to provide AIMS surveyors with the opportunity to work with the fishing industry and provide both better service and cost rates for surveys than is currently being experienced as well as providing the fishing industry with an easy to access alternative option for choosing a surveyor in their region or port.

Initially the partnership will commence in NSW and involve members of the NSW Professional Fishermens Association uploading their contact and vessel details along with their most recent survey certificate through a devoted section of the AIMS website. They will also be able to upload the survey notice from their State maritime safety agency with the gazetted price and any previous details of survey.

The AIMS admin staff will work with PFA personnel to provide surveyors and fishermen with locations where scheduled surveyors will be available for access. Surveyors will be required to provide information on the region they service and AIMS and PFA staff will notify fishermen of dates and regions / ports that have been allocated to surveyors.

If the initial trial is successful the partnership will be rolled out across all States and Territories on a progressive basis.

It would be great to see as many surveyors as possible participate in this program to ensure that we can meet demand for services. It will also provide all members with another avenue for creating business opportunities that we can initiate with other industries if this initiative proves to be successful.

This is an excellent initiative for the fishing industry in NSW and will greatly assist our members to make informed choices on both the surveyor they use and how and when they schedule their surveys said Tricia Beatty, Executive Officer for the Professional Fishermen’s Association. 

We believe that the initiative is a leap forward for surveyors and, if successful, would certainly alleviate some of the current problems being experienced by private surveyors in NSW and other States who have been impacted by the delay in the implementation date of the National System. Being able to plan and schedule surveys in advance at selected ports of call will be a real benefit to industry and remove obstacles to business operations and that can only be a good thing for both sectors of the industry.

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