Pinger affects fish catch efficiency and damage to bottom gill nets related to bottlenose dolphins

  • Published source details Buscaino G., Buffa G., Sarà G., Bellante A., Tonello A.J., Hardt F.A., Cremer M.J., Bonanno A., Cuttitta A. & Mazzola S. (2009) Pinger affects fish catch efficiency and damage to bottom gill nets related to bottlenose dolphins. Fisheries Science, 75, 537-544.


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Use acoustic devices on fishing gear

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Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation
  1. Use acoustic devices on fishing gear

    A controlled study in 2006 of a pelagic area in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of southern Italy (Buscaino et al. 2009) found that using acoustic devices on a fishing net resulted in higher fish catches and less net damage, likely due to reduced predation by common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus. A fishing net with acoustic devices attached had higher average fish catches (5.2 kg/h) and fewer small holes (0.8 holes/50 m) than a net without acoustic devices (4.1 kg/h; 1.2 holes/50 m). Two identical gill nets (900 m long x 2.2 m deep) were deployed on the ocean bottom; one with four evenly spaced acoustic devices attached and one without. Acoustic devices (STM and SEAMed model DDD02) emitted 6-second signals at random intervals with a frequency range of 0.1–150 kHz. Researchers on board the fishing vessel recorded the presence of dolphins and fish catches in each net during 29 hauls in spring 2006. Small holes (<20 cm) were counted in both nets at the end of the experiment.

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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