About Mooring Buoys
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The annual coral monitoring session also includes buoy, inspection, maintenance, and replacement. The following photos present an overview of the buoy installation and maintenance process..
Preparing Buoys for Deployment
Splicing the Downline
Buoy with Knot Protectors Which Lessen Downline Chafing
Hydraulic Pump Used to Power Underwater Drill
Cement Injector Parts
Permanent Buoy Pin
Transporting Buoys to the Boats
Preparing to Drill
Drilling into the Selected Coral Head
Removing Coral Core
Bringing Down Cement
Injecting Cement into Drill Hole
Setting the Buoy Pin
Installing the Line
Adjusting Line Float
Regrowth at Pin Site
Line Float in Place
Installing Line Weight
Preparing Site Marker
Site Marker In Place
New Buoy with Site Marker on Surface
Leaving the Site
Buoy in Use by Fishermen
You can learn more about the use of mooring buoys by visiting the following sites:
Click the following link to learn how mooring buoys are being used in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Click the following link to learn how mooring buoys are being used to protect reefs in Hawaii
Click here to learn about John Halas, the designer of one of the most commonly used mooring buoy systems and those used on the island of Kosrae.