In the “Pinger Use on Gillnets Instruction & Background Information

Should there be an entanglement, it is vital that you keep careful records of fishing locations and pinger use. Even if the dolphin is alive and returned to the water, please follow these instructions. All of your observations will be valuable.

In the event of ANY dolphin entanglements please:

  • Remove the pinger from the net
  • Turn the battery pack upside down in the pinger so as not to deplete the remaining power
  • Seal the entire pinger unit inside a plastic bag with the corresponding bycatch number enclosed.
  • On return to land, please ring the Department of Conservation Field Office in Akaroa to arrange collection of the animal and the pinger: 03-304-1000 or 025 324 744.

Please provide information about the deployment of the pinger as follows:

Date deployed:

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Time Net Set:

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Time Net Hauled:

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Place deployed:

Lat: _________   Long:_________  Depth:__________

Method of deployment:

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Sea conditions:

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General weather (sunny, windy, cloud cover): 

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Entanglement distance from pinger: ______________

Specifics of entanglement (caught in top of net, caught by tail, caught in buoy line, released alive, completely wrapped up in net etc.): 

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Please also note any evidence of predation of carcass by sharks, pingers chewed, and anything out of the ordinary.  Brief description of situation such as the number of dolphins present \lobster krill present\ type of fish caught in net, etc.; 

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Skipper’s comments as to what he thinks could have contributed to the bycatch. Please make note of anything you observe: __________________________________________

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