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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




Hydraulic Hose




Underwater Drill




Cement Injector Parts




Injector Assembled




Permanent Buoy Pin




Polypropylene Downline




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




Line Installed




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.






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