PINGERS FOR PERU
Help us send 200 Pingers to Peru’s Artisanal Fishermen and help us save thousands of dolphins.
In Collaboration with ProDelphinus
Peru’s “artisanal” fisheries consist of fishermen who use walls of nets, called gill nets, to catch fish to feed their families and supply fish to local communities. These fisheries are vital to thousands of people who rely on fish as an important source of daily food. Peruvian gillnet fishermen cannot afford to buy the Pingers needed to stop Dolphins from becoming entangled in their nets. This is a terrible dilemma that must be solved, for the fishermen and the Dolphins.
Today we are proud to announce a world first initiative to help protect Peru’s dolphins and ensure Peru’s artisanal fishermen can fish in a sustainable manner.
ProDelphinus, one of Peru’s leading non-profit marine conservation organisations and Future Oceans, have teamed up in a “Pingers for Peru” project to supply Pingers to Peruvian fishermen. We need to raise funds to provide Pingers to fishermen, starting with two gillnet fisheries in San Jose and Salaverry, where researchers have identified serious dolphin entanglement (bycatch) problems.
A scientific report published in 2012, ‘Using Pingers to reduce bycatch of small cetaceans in Peru’s small scale driftnet fishery” states:
“Given the catch rates reported here and the level of annual fishing effort for the port of Salaverry, circa 4000 sets (nets set and hauled 4000 times per year), one could expect a reduction of small cetaceans (dolphins) of circa 500 individuals per year if all drift gillnet vessels from the port used pingers” As the Salaverry gill-net fleet represents circa 2% of gill-net fishing effort in Peru and that fleet deploys at least 100,000 km of net annually the use of Pingers by gill-net vessels throughout Peru has the potential to reduce small cetacean (Dolphin) moralities by thousands of animals each
The report notes that one of the biggest problems is that artisanal fishermen cannot afford to buy Pingers.
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By joining Future Oceans Society, or by purchasing any product from our on line store, or simply by making a donation, we will deliver Pingers to ProDelphinus who will supply the Pingers to fishermen. Every dollar you invest or donate will go directly towards saving thousands of Dolphins in Peru.
As a first step towards the objective of providing all 3000+ gill net fishermen in Peru with Pingers, we want to send 200 Pingers to ProDelphinus for fishermen in San Jose and Salaverry, as SOON AS POSSIBLE! Every week, as many as 400 Dolphins drown unnecessarily in Peru.