Did you know approximately 640,000 metric tons of fishing gear is lost every year, polluting ocean waters and devastating marine ecosystems? For fishers and fisheries, replacing lost fishing gear is costly and income lost to “ghost fishing” is irreplaceable.
However, the smart Farallon Buoy by Blue Ocean Gear eliminates these issues, providing real-time tracking and monitoring of deployed fishing gear to anywhere in the world — land or sea — via mobile app or web interface.
Armed with sensors, the Farallon Buoy recognizes when it’s in or out of the water and alerts the user to anything unusual, including equipment being dragged by a trawler, moved by a storm, or entangled. It floats on the water, attached to a range of subsea fishing equipment, and works even when pulled underwater by strong currents.
To ensure reliability, durability, and optimize performance, Blue Ocean Gear’s Farallon Buoy is sealed with ZAGO Phillips pan-head seal screws in titanium, engineered with Buna O-ring technology.
ZAGO sealing screws differ from standard screws. They feature a custom groove under the head; when combined with a rubber O-ring and tightened forms a 360-degree leak-proof, waterproof seal that will not break or crack under treacherous conditions.
“We chose a Titanium seal screw because of its high-resistance to saltwater corrosion — and it’s lightweight yet strong,” says Peter Macy, CBO, Blue Ocean Gear. “We chose a Buna O-ring because of its resistance to saltwater and its vast temperature range, hot and cold. In addition to pressure-resistance, we like that ZAGO seal screws are sustainable, reusable and can be unscrewed and retightened multiple times for end-of-season maintenance.”
ZAGO sealing screws are also pollutant-free and prevent contaminants, such as precipitation, oil, bacteria, sand, or dust from leaking into and damaging equipment or leaking out into the environment.
“As a sustainable manufacturer making sustainable sealing solutions for a sustainable world, we appreciate Blue Ocean Gear and its mission to create solutions benefitting people and planet,” says Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich, co-founder and CEO, Newark, NJ-based ZAGO Manufacturing Co. “We’re excited to see what comes next.”