Marine Instruments technology helps cleaning ocean debris
One of our buoys, the MSi, was recently used by the NOAA Whale Stranding Project in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to tag and remove a large mass of marine debris. The debris, mainly composed of abandoned fishing gear, entangle wildlife, ensnare boat propellers, crush coral reefs, and can wash ashore in areas that are hard to reach or that make removal challenging. Because fishing nets are now mostly made of plastic and other materials that can take hundreds of years to degrade, they can drift at sea for decades and travel thousands of miles — potentially wreaking havoc on wildlife all the while.
In this case, the MSi buoy was attached to the debris from a helicopter. Once attached, the buoy transmitted its GPS position so that the vessel could track it and pick up the lost gear. This is not the first time that Marine Instruments is involved in the removal of marine litter at sea. We also actively participate in the Ocean Clean-up project where buoys are tracking the position of floating barriers that collect surface waste and send their location information via satellite.
Debris recovery is only one of the applications of our technology besides tuna fishing. Our buoys are also being used for tagging whale carcasses for autopsy, and for tagging sharks to prevent attacks on humans in Australia.
Marine Instruments is highly committed to sustainability. We are proud that our technology is making a substantial and much-needed contribution to cleaning our oceans. #sustainablity #smartoceans
Image courtesy of NOAA taken by Nathan Eagle