BIM urges fishermen to register with ComReg

BIM wants all fishermen to make sure their personal locator beacons are registered BIM wants all fishermen to make sure their personal locator beacons are registered

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has joined forces with ‘All Aboard 2017’ to launch the new ‘Guide for Fishermen to Register Digital Safety Equipment with ComReg’.

This step-by-step guide aims to help fishermen successfully register the personal locator beacon (PLB) from their lifejackets with ComReg.

Donal Maguire, BIM director, said: "BIM sees All Aboard 2017 as an opportunity to make fishermen aware of just how straight-forward it is to use their digital skills, no matter what skill level and learn how to register their PLBs with ComReg.” 

“We would encourage all fishermen to make sure their personal locator beacons are registered, giving them the highest chance of surviving an incident at sea.”

Each time a PLB is registered with ComReg, the device's code is logged and linked with the personal details of the owner.  In the event of an emergency at sea, when the fisherman activates the beacon, the PLB code allows the device to be identified by the GPS tracking system and the emergency services are automatically alerted. 

Any device that it not fully registered with ComReg, whilst GPS trackable, will not identify the owner and as a result the launch of a rescue can be somewhat delayed as the services seek to verify the signal.

All Aboard is a week-long initiative co-run by The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Ireland’s higher education institutions.

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