Fishing boats tie up on, damage weather buoys, NOAA says

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Fishing boat have been tying up to weather buoys in the Pacific Ocean, damaging the buoys and dragging them out of position, the Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston reported. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent its vessel Ronald H. Brown to the Pacific Ocean to maintain 70 buoys. The fishing boats are attracted to the buoys because fish congregate there, although NOAA says many of the buoys are simply vandalized.
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By Professional Mariner Staff