Blue Ocean Gear
Smart Buoy based technology
Our Smart Buoy based technology is the result of years of testing and development in the world’s most demanding fisheries. With the help of these dedicated fishers, we have built an integrated solution that offers real time connectivity on and off the water anywhere, anytime. Whether setting a course for the next piece of gear to haul or looking a summary of the past season’s data, fishers trust Blue Ocean Gear to make their lives easier and more profitable.
Integrated solution allows you to track and monitor your gear through your plotter, phone or PC.
Smart Buoy data is delivered directly to onboard plotters via internet connectivity such as cellular or satellite internet. If you do not have internet, ask us bout PlotterLink
- Compatible with software and hardware plotters
- Displays latest buoy location along with velocity, track lines and historical positioning on a highly customizable basis depending on plotter
On your Phone
Our Buoy Locator app provides an intuitive map as well as detailed coordinates and buoy status updates in the convenience of your phone.
Get customizable alerts if your buoy:
- Moves outside of a designated radius
- Resurfacing after a dive
- Exits the water unexpectedly
On your PC
Our BlueVue data portal provides a flexible and dynamic view of our user’s Smart Buoy networks.
- Access buoy location and environmental conditions
- Dig deeper into the patterns of your gear over longer historical periods
Farallon Smart Buoys
Our core Farallon Smart Buoy is a depth-rated ruggedized hard plastic buoy designed to withstand the rigors of offshore fishing while transmitting in all conditions via Iridium satellite and radio. It is small and light enough to be stored inside a crab or lobster pot, but durable enough to be bounced off the deck or whipped around by 20 foot Arctic seas.
Integrates seamlessly with a wide range of gear: from traps to longlines, gillnets and even FADs, attaching as a trailer buoy
No on/off switch, just an automatic sensor that turns the buoy on when it hits the water
Our wireless Smart Charger offers a convenient, fishermen-specific design to quickly recharge our Smart Buoys on board.
Easily-mounted and accommodates a rigged buoy
Battery lasts up to 6 months between charges depending on a customizable data frequency of once per day or last 2 weeks between charges at 15 minute data frequency
Charge time is 8 hours
How long does the battery last between charges?
Battery life varies based on a number of factors including message frequency, ocean conditions and ambient temperature. We regularly achieve battery life in excess of 6 months for long-term deployments and find that even with the most frequent message rates monthly charging is more than enough.
What is the maximum depth rating?
We are officially rated to 400m and have seen even better results in actual use.
What information does my Smart Bouy record?
Data collected by our current Farallon Buoy includes lat/long coordinates, distance traveled, velocity, ambient water temperature and acceleration. We will be announcing several new features later this year.