Fishing Buoy-Tracker

Never lose the location of your fishing gear again!

With the legal implications of the additional fishing gear legislation set out in June 2016 a solution for monitoring the location of your fishing gear is ever more important. The BUOY-tracker will not only save you the cost of replacing your gear and potential catch, but will also save you the time and effort that goes into the notification of lost fishing gear process! 

 

Marking of fishing gear, retrieval and notification of lost gear

 

 

If you break the law...

"As the master, owner or charterer of a Union fishing vessel you may be fined or prosecuted if you do not mark your gear correctly or retrieve or notify lost fishing gear.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) may investigate and take action in accordance with the compliance and enforcement strategy"

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/marking-of-fishing-gear-retrieval-and-notification-of-lost-gear


The Solution:

IDENTIFIER : BUOY-Tracker – Fishing Buoy Tracking Transponder

BUOY-Tracker is a high quality professional fishing buoy tracking transponder sold as a complete package solution 

BUOY-Tracker is a certified AIS AtoN transceiver which is especially certified and legal for use on buoys.  Its tough high quality construction makes it ideal for long term continuous use in even the harshest conditions.  Convenient, easy to use, low cost, certified and with a range of accessories to make things even easier, BUOY-Tracker will enable you to reliably locate and protect your fishing buoys using your existing AIS and navigation displays in all weathers all year round.

 

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

  • BUOY-Tracker is a high quality professional grade buoy marker that will withstand the harshest environments ensuring greater longevity and therefore lower overall lifetime cost. 
  • BUOY-Tracker’s superior antenna properties deliver proven improved range performance compared with comparable products. 
  • BUOY-Tracker’s innovative battery management system ensures increased longevity between charges. 
  • BUOY-Tracker is internationally certified to operate as an AIS AtoN thereby correctly marking the buoy as an AtoN and not incorrectly as a vessel like all the other competition 
  • FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE UK & JUST £10 SHIPPING FEES TO EUROPEAN LOCATIONS! 

£425.00

  • Available
  • Ships within 5 - 10 days1

About:

BUOY-TRAK AIS Fishing Buoy Tracking Transponder enables electronic marking of any type of temporary buoy installation (hotworks, accident, fishing).

BUOY-TRAK uses internationally certified AIS technology to continuously transmit its exact GPS location to your existing navigation display as well as warn off other shipping in the area – or if you enable encryption, just you.

Easy and quick to clip to any buoy type and completely waterproof (IPx8 certified), BUOY-TRAK has an internal rechargeable battery that allows it to operate continuously for over 5 days between charges at > 10 minute reporting interval.

BUOY-TRAK is a certified AIS AtoN transceiver which is especially certified and legal for use on buoys. Its tough high quality construction makes it ideal for long term continuous use in even the harshest conditions.

Convenient, easy to use, low cost, certified and with a range of accessories to make things even easier, BUOY-TRAK will enable you to reliably locate and protect your buoys using your existing AIS and navigation displays in all weathers all year round.

  • Internationally certified AIS AtoN Type 1 – FCC/EU/CE
  • Integrated and protected GPS & VHF antennas
  • Internal rechargeable battery with quick charging holster dock 
  • Ultra low power consumption – 5 days operation at > 10 minute reporting interval
  • 5 hour charge time
  • IPx8 water and weather proof
  • Ruggedized high quality 
  • Easy to install – quick-fix bracket system
  • Optional encrypted mode

Specifications:

AIS AtoN Functions
  • Type 1 FATDMA operation
  • Message #21 transmission
Physical
  • Dimensions: 375mm x 67mm max. (H x D)
  • Weight: 350g (BUOY-TRAK unit only)
  • Mounting bracket: Min / max pole diameter – 25mm to 55mm
Electrical
  • Power supply: Built in 2100mAh Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • Operating time: Up to 5 days operation at > 10 minute reporting interval
  • 5 hour battery recharge
  • Power consumption: External supply <0.1Ah / day*

* at 3 minute reporting interval

Interfaces
  • USB: For configuration only
  • Power supply connection for battery charging dock
VHF Transmitter & Antenna
  • Transmitter: x 1
  • Frequency: 156.025 to 162.025MHz in 25kHz steps
  • Output power: 1 Watt EIRP
  • Internal VHF antenna
GPS Receiver & Antenna
  • Channels: 50
  • IEC 61108-1: Compliant
  • Internal GPS antenna
Environmental
  • Waterproof: To IPx8
  • Operating temperature: -15°C to +55°C
Standards Compliance
  • AIS Standard: IEC62320-2 Ed. 1 2008-03, AIS AtoN Stations
  • AIS Standard: ITU-R M.1371-5, Universal AIS Technical Characteristics
  • Environmental: IEC60945 2002-08
  • GPS Performance Standard: IEC61108-1 2003-07
  • Product Safety: EN60950-1 2006,+A11 2009,+A1 2010,+A12 2011

Installation:

Information Downloads:

Download
Buoy Tracker Brochure
BUOY-Tracker-Fishing-Buoy-Tracking-Trans
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.0 MB
Download
Buoy Tracker Installation Guide
BUOY-Tracker-Quick-Start-Guide-1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1'001.4 KB
Download
A guide for the use of AIS to mark small fishing buoys
A-guide-to-the-use-of-AIS-to-mark-fishin
Adobe Acrobat Document 309.2 KB

FCC Warns Against Fishing Net Buoys That Use RF

To reassure you NOT put you off.. 

In BUOY-Tracker you can choose to program it either as  AIS AtoN – in which case you have to apply for an AtoN MMSI number from the local authority OR you can choose to use the BUOY-Tracker fishing mode which ‘creates’ an MMSI as a derivative of the mother vessel MMSI and the BUOY number.

 

Currently in the USA BUOY-Tracker is only FCC authorised in AIS AtoN mode.

 

HOWEVER, we are working with the USCG to try to work this through.

 

The USA and Australia has been flooded by cheap Chinese BUOY-Trackers in various brands.  There is a real danger in using this and we believe a lot of the FCC warnings derive from the fact that these units incorrectly mark the buoy as a Class B not an AtoN which is  dangerous as they just look like any other Class B vessel on a chartplotter and are seriously misleading to the maritime domain awareness of sailors. So perhaps worth considering that 'cheapest' is not alway best.. 

See more details on the FCC below:

The Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an Enforcement Advisory in connection with the marketing, sale or use of fishing net buoys that use radio frequencies reserved for marine navigation safety communications.

The Advisory notes that RF-enabled fishing net buoys are being marketed as devices that can mark and track fishing nets. However, these devices utilize frequencies reserved exclusively for automated identification systems (AIS) used to broadcast and exchange critical marine vessel information. FCC rules do not authorize AIS devices for use with fishing nets.

According to the Advisory, the devices, which are being advertised as “AIS Fishing Net Buoys,” “can have a serious detrimental effect on maritime safety, hampering situational awareness of maritime operators and endangering ships relying on AIS to avoid collisions at sea.”

The FCC Advisory reminds manufacturers, retailers and importers of AIS equipment and other marine equipment to familiarize themselves with all applicable FCC rules governing equipment authorization and to immediately cease advertising or selling AIS equipment that is not certified in accordance with FCC requirements. The Advisory also reminds parties that violations of FCC marketing and operating rules can serve as the basis for significant monetary penalties.

https://incompliancemag.com/fcc-warns-against-fishing-net-buoys-that-use-rf/

Download
FCC Enforcement Advisory re: Fishing Net Buoys
DA-18-1211A1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 144.9 KB