Mariners from surfers to businessmen say they’ve lost a vital source of information.

Buoy 41012, known locally as the St. Augustine buoy, was “disestablished” Wednesday, which is government speak for shut down. The U.S. Coast Guard picked it up and returned it to the National Data Buoy Center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Mariners, commercial and recreational fishermen, surfers and maritime businesses relied on real-time data from the buoy located 40 miles offshore east-northeast of St. Augustine. The buoy’s data about ocean wind, sea temperature, wave action and other weather conditions was a touchstone as well for National Weather Service forecasters, marine search and rescue, and law enforcement agencies.

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