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AIS buoys not authorized by FCC or USCG


February 14, 2019

Small electronic beacons that are being widely used by increasing numbers of fishermen could net them big fines.

Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) are easily attached to nets, longlines and pots and signal the locations of the gear via a vessel’s navigation system, laptops, even cell phones.

The inexpensive buoys, which range from $47 to $199 from most online retailers, are regarded as a God send by fishermen in the way they help locate gear as well as being a potential money saver.

“If you’re not sitting on your gear with your vessel either on radar or on AIS, somebody can come...

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