Targeted Acoustic Startle Technology is in compliance with The Marine Mammals Protection Act
Deterrence of seals by lethal means or with acoustic deterrent devices violates anti-harassment laws in both the U.S. and the EU. The U.S. is moving to ban the import of fish from farms that use Acoustic Deterrent Devices.
The U.S. enforcement of the prohibition against importing fish grown or caught in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act is slated to begin on Jan 1, 2022. In the EU, action is still pending.
Conventional acoustic deterrent devices which operate on the premise that causing pain will deter animals violate the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Moreover, ADD's that use these methods have been proven ineffective over the long term with seals. Published research has established that:
Until now, farmers often have had no choice but to resort to lethal means to protect their fish. Seals frequently disregard the acoustic deterrent devices because the drive for food can override the pain in their ears from ADD’s. Repeated exposure causes permanent hearing impairment, making the ADD's ineffective. As a result, where acoustic deterrent devices are in use, seal shooting is still common. If acoustic deterrent devices actually worked as promised, there would be no need to shoot seals and media reports would applaud rather than vilify the technology.
Conversely, Targeted Acoustic Startle Technology causes no harm or harassment to marine mammals and is in compliance with The Marine Mammals Protection Act, 101(a)4(b).