Entanglement of cetaceans in fishing gear remains a principle concern for fishermen, marine managers, and conservationists globally. Bycatch in commercial fisheries is probably the most important single threat to many populations of small cetaceans worldwide. The technology exists to reduce the risk of bycatch, but whilst acoustic deterrents (pingers) have been shown to effectively reduce bycatch of small cetaceans in fishing gear, particularly gill nets uptake has been low (Larsen et al 2013). Until now, the uptake of these technologies by the fishing industry has been limited due to issues surrounding their cost, durability and ease of use.
Fishtek have listened carefully. For the past 8 years, our team of skilled engineers, scientists, fishers and conservationists have worked collaboratively to overcome these operational issues and we are excited to be able to offer the first low cost, durable, and practical acoustic deterrent that effectively prevents marine mammal bycatch: The Banana Pinger. Banana Pinger has three variations designed to alert whales, dolphin and porpoise. To make sure you select the right pinger for your needs, use our Pinger selection guide .