Alaska Fish Factor

"Smart buoys" track and monitor lost fishing gear; report location to cell phones or website


September 30, 2021

Photo courtesy of Adam Pardee

Blue Ocean Gear Smart Buoy.

Lost fishing gear - be it nets, lines or pots - continues "ghost fishing" forever, causing a slow death to countless marine creatures and financial losses to fishermen.

Now new "smart buoys" can track and monitor all types of deployed gear and report its location directly to a cell phone or website.

Blue Ocean Gear of California created and builds the buoys that also can track ocean temperatures, depth, movement, even how much has been caught. The small, three pound buoys are just seven inches in diameter, don't require any special training to use, and are tough enough to handle the harshe...

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