Latest SmartBuoy sets new record –

Latest SmartBuoy sets new record Published:  02 March, 2007

CEFAS has just successfully deployed a new SmartBuoy in the North Dogger Bank area of the North Sea as part of the new Defra-funded Marine Ecosystems Connections project.

They now have a total of five SmartBuoys with satellite telemetry providing two-hourly data live on our website. This sets a new record for our marine data collection programme.

Cefas has been designing and deploying SmartBuoys for the past seven years. These buoys provide real-time, high quality data on the status of the marine environment. In-situ monitoring is a growth area for marine science. It provides a cost-effective solution for taking high frequency measurements of the physical, chemical and biological conditions in the marine environment.

We are involved with several programmes, which use the SmartBuoy technology to monitor the health of our seas. Examples include the multi-partner National Marine Monitoring Programme, and a joint programme with the Dutch government in the Southern North Sea. These programmes improve our understanding of environmental variability and ecosystem functioning. They also have an important role in Cefas’ eutrophication assessments required under EU directives. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.