Future Oceans - Leading the World in “Pinger” Technology
The unintended entanglement of marine mammals in commercial fishing gear is known as “Cetacean Bycatch”. Scientists estimate that over 300,000 Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (Cetaceans) are accidentally drowned in fishing nets every year. No one wants this to happen.
Cetacean bycatch is a global problem and represents the single largest threat to many marine mammal populations around the world.
Pingers are small electronic alarms that emit signals that alert Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises to the presence of fishing nets. Pingers have been scientifically proven to be the only known solution to significantly reduce cetacean bycatch. The use of Pingers is mandatory in parts of Europe and the USA.
As the cost of commercial fishing gear continues to soar worldwide, the voluntary use of Pingers is growing quickly. Fishermen understand that Pingers provide a highly effective, low cost solution to the often catastrophic problems caused by interactions with marine mammals.
Future Oceans is a key member of a stakeholder group that includes governments, researchers, non-government organisations, environmental groups and commercial fishing organisations, who share a common goal of reducing cetacean bycatch.
We are recognized by all stakeholders as the world leader in Pinger technology.
We share an important responsibility with other stakeholders to develop awareness of cetacean bycatch and the role Pingers play in reducing the unnecessary loss of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.
We welcome everyone to join our efforts to reduce cetacean bycatch wherever it occurs around the world.