Shetland: Lost Faroese buoy found in Hamar Voe – Fishupdate.com

Shetland: Lost Faroese buoy found in Hamar Voe Published:  17 April, 2006

AN oceanographic data gathering buoy that the NAFC Marine Centre helped search for more than a year ago has finally been found. The buoy, used to collect information on ocean currents, was originally deployed in deep water to the west of Shetland by the Faroese Fisheries Laboratory in 2001.

It came adrift from its mooring early in 2005 and was tracked by satellite as it drifted towards Shetland. The last signal was received from the Eshaness area on 12th March. Despite a shoreline search by NAFC staff and extensive local publicity no trace of the buoy was found, and it was eventually assumed to have been lost.

To everyone’s surprise, however, Bobby Tulloch of Hamar phoned NAFC earlier this week to say that he thought he had found the missing buoy, in Hamar Voe. Mr Tulloch delivered his find to NAFC on Tuesday and it does indeed appear to be the missing buoy.

It is assumed that the buoy was washed ashore in some inaccessible part of the Eshaness coast where it has lain out of sight for much of the last year. It was presumably dislodged by this winter’s storms and drifted around to Hamar Voe before coming ashore again.

Unfortunately in the course of the last year the buoy has been almost completely wrecked, presumably by being pounded against the rocks and cliffs. In particular all of the sensors and electronic instruments have been lost so there is no chance of recovering any of the data that the buoy would have recorded.

Despite this, NAFC is grateful to Mr Tulloch for recovering and returning the buoy, and for solving the mystery of what had happened to it. Details of the find have been passed to the Faroese Fisheries Laboratory which will decide what to do with the buoy.

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