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 have been proven ineffective over the long term with seals. Published research has established that:
Until now, farmers have had no choice but to use lethal means to protect their fish. Seals disregard the acoustic deterrent devices because either their hearing is impaired from exposure or the drive for food overrides the pain. 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).
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)*, the public body that advises Scottish Ministers on natural heritage matters, determined that GenusWave's Targeted Acoustic Startle Technology poses no risk to marine mammals or their environment. SNH has consented to the use of our SalmonSafe system on farms even in SNH Protected Waters – locations where they simultaneously prohibit the use of conventional acoustic deterrent devices.
* “Scottish Natural Heritage promotes, cares for and improves Scotland’s natural heritage…(and)…promotes the sustainable use of natural assets.”
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