Originally Posted by Shrew
Look up SalCon-89. Peril is not required.
First of all, SALCON does not apply to public vessels, warships, non-commercial state-owned vessels etc. A buoy is not a vessel per se, but I doubt SALCON applies to it either.
However, first definition in SALCON-89:
1. Salvage operation means any act or activity undertaken to assist a vessel or any other property in danger
in navigable waters or in any other waters whatsoever.
So no, they don't use the term "in peril" but there must be some danger
to the piece of property being salvaged. Picking up a buoy designed to float free and be tracked by its owners (the U.S. Government) before retrieval is not in danger of being lost.
I'm not one to take the government's side on most things, but I don't see the case that these fishermen have.