A Finder’s Guide to Drifting Buoys: What to Do When You Discover One

If you’re reading this, you may have discovered a brightly colored drifting buoy washed ashore while exploring a coast. You may have wondered what it was and where it came from, before noticing a MetOcean sticker on its hull. This likely means it was made by us, the leading experts in drifting buoy technology deployed worldwide!

Welcome to MetOcean, where we push the boundaries of innovation to develop cutting-edge buoys that play a critical role in monitoring ocean currents, temperature, and even tracking oil spills. Our buoys come in a range of shapes and colours; from white, blue, orange, or red panels, each designed for a specific purpose.

In this article, we’ll explore what to do when you find one of these devices and the benefits of drifting buoys.

  1. Report Your Discovery:
    If you come across a drifting buoy washed ashore, it’s essential to report your finding. Simply contact our dedicated support team via email at support@metocean.com. Please remember, if the buoy is still floating in the ocean, leave it undisturbed as it collects valuable scientific information.
  2. Provide Essential Information:
    Upon reaching out to our support team, they will request photos of the buoy and attempt to obtain its IMEI number. This information helps in confirming its operational status and identifying the owner.
  3. Recycle or Redeploy:
    If our support team confirms that the buoy is no longer operational, they will kindly request that you recycle it following your local electronics recycling regulations. However, if it’s in suitable condition, you may be asked to redeploy it, allowing it to continue its quest for knowledge!

By reporting your finding, you contribute to valuable data collection and scientific research. Buoys serve as valuable tools for enhancing maritime safety, advancing scientific knowledge, protecting the environment, and supporting various industries that rely on the ocean’s resources.

Equipped with cutting-edge features like GPS receivers, temperature sensors, and bi-directional communication systems, MetOcean drifters provide concrete information about our oceans, while striving for a net positive impact. These capabilities facilitate accurate data collection, real-time tracking, and the development of models that safeguard marine environments.

With a global reputation for reliability, our drifting buoys have been extensively utilized in numerous scientific studies in the ongoing mission to protect these ecosystems.

Together, we can work towards a sustainable future for our oceans and ensure their preservation for generations to come.

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