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Pingers

Council Regulation (EC) No. 812/2004 - Laying Down Measures Concerning Incidental Catches of Cetaceans in Fisheries and Amending Regulation (EC) No. 88/98 aim to reduce cetacean bycatch (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in ICES sub-area IV and divisions VII d, e, f , g, h and j with effect from 01 July 2013. 

The letter below outlines the provisions of the above regulation and advises that further information and support will shortly be available in order to help you comply.

Update - August 2014

Specifications and Spacing

The device used must meet one of the following sets of signal and implementation characteristics or, if it does not, must be separately authorised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

One device (DDD-03L) has been separately authorised for use by Defra under the derogation contained in Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No. 812/2004. This authorisation covers the period 01 July 2014 to 30 June 2016, and extends the previous two-year period of authorisation for this device. It is Defra’s intention to apply to re-extend the authorisation period in 2016.

You must use the DDD-03L as described in the guidance from the Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation and Sea Mammal Research Unit.

Advice to Fishermen Regarding Pingers

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File:Advice to Fishers on Pingers June 2013 [DOCX, 22.1 kb: 13 Jun 2013]
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Advice to Producer Organisations Regarding Pingers

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File:Pinger Advice to POs June 2013 [DOCX, 4643.2 kb: 13 Jun 2013]
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Pinger Industry Information Pack

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File:Industry Pinger Information Pack [DOCX, 2201.9 kb: 03 Feb 2017]
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Further Information

Further information can be found at the Marine Mammals Page.