Does not subsidize installation or operating costs
A given VMS may not be approved, for a specific fishery or fisheries, in a given region[clickable map to be inserted]
Marine waters off US states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina
Marine waters off US states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, as well as US waters around Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
Marine waters off US states Washington, Oregon and California
•Marine waters around US islands of Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Wake Island, Midway Island, Howland and Baker Islands, Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll, Johnston Island and Jarvis Island.
Marine waters off Alaska
Special issue for VMS: satellites must have polar orbits to cover high latitudes