Langara Fishing Adventures


201-4440 Cowley Crescent
Richmond, BC
Canada V7B 1B8

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AIS Tracking System at Langara

- July 3, 2012

Langara Island Lodge recently became the first remote fishing lodge in the world to install AIS navigation technology on its entire fleet of sport fishing boats. The technology is an important safety feature and provides our guests with access to real-time information on fishing at Langara Island.

See Where We Are Fishing

View the positions of our fishing boats on the AIS network. (viewable May to September only)

To quickly navigate to Langara Island, enter "Steelhead" in the AIS search field and then double-click to zoom in on our location. (Steelhead being one of our boat names that is unique on the network)


About AIS

AIS, or Automatic Identification System, is used primarily for identification of vessels at sea and collision avoidance in high-traffic waterways -- sort of the marine version of an air traffic control system.

AIS has been required equipment for large commercial ships for much of the past decade, and is being adapted more and more for smaller commercial and private vessels. While many independent charter boats use AIS, Langara's application of the technology is the first in the world for a remote fishing lodge.

By combining GPS data with onboard navigational equipment, AIS provides real-time information on boat identification, position, heading and speed. This information is most importantly used for ship to ship communication, but is also accessible through various online navigational services, allowing anyone with an internet connection to view boat traffic in most parts of the world.

Improving Safety

"We installed AIS primarily as a safety feature -- the ability to track the position of our entire fleet at all times is a great complement to our existing safety program, which includes a Marine Safety Officer (MSO) who constantly monitors our fishing area," said Jeff Bottay, Langara Island Lodge's General Manager.

"Because AIS takes over much of the work of tracking our fleet's location, the MSO can focus more of his attention on monitoring weather and water conditions to ensure our boats are aware of changing conditions."

Real-time Fishing Information

The online component of AIS has also proven to be a big hit with our guests. For most Langara guests, especially those who join us every year, there is no such thing as too much information. They have a great appetite for the fishing reports and photos we post online throughout the season, and are checking weather conditions and tides leading up to their particular trip date.

"Being able to go online and see where our boats are fishing, and where the bite is happening, is a really unique layer of information that our guests have been excited to see," says Bottay.

AIS displays in the lodge are also proving very popular. Guests who come in for lunch can see where the bite is happening before heading back out. And we've even had a few late-risers who learnt their friends had left them at the lodge by seeing their boat on the AIS display!

AIS is currently installed on the 15 boat fleet at Langara Island Lodge, and future plans include installing the system on the fleet at Langara Fishing Lodge.


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