With an increase of commercial fisherman and crabbing vessels disabling their Automated Identification Systems (AIS), the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a warning about the dangers and legal consequences of their actions. Adopted by the international community, AIS systems are enforced by regulation 33 CFR 164.46 punishable with fines up to $35,486 per violation. Mariners who are disabling their AIS systems to keep fishing spots secret are not just breaking the law but endangering other operators who rely on the transmitted data and impeding Response Team search and rescue efforts. For more information, read the FULL US Coast Guard Release.
Spepow71 February 1, 2021