Acoustic alarms reduce porpoise mortality

  title={Acoustic alarms reduce porpoise mortality},
  author={Scott D. Kraus and Andrew J. Read and Andrew R. Solow and Kenneth C. Baldwin and Trevor R. Spradlin and Eric Anderson and J. G. Williamson},
The most serious danger to dolphins and porpoises around the world is the threat from various forms of gill-net fishing. One potential way to reduce the number of deaths of marine mammals is the use of active acoustic alarms to warn animals about the presence of nets. Until now, acoustic alarms have not been tested in field experiments with sufficient statistical power. Here we describe a field experiment showing that acoustic alarms are effective at reducing the number of deaths of harbour… 
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