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!
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"
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.
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: