Acoustic deterrents to manage fish populations

R. L. Putland, A. F. Mensinger

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Finding effective ways to direct native fish away from anthropogenic hazards and limit the spread of invasive species, without physical intervention, harming non-target fishes or interrupting aquatic commerce is a major challenge for fisheries management. One option is to target fish sensory systems to manipulate behavior using attractive or repulsive cues. Many, if not all species of fish, use sound as part of their behavioral repertoire and display varying degrees of phonotaxis. Sound has inherent advantages over other sensory stimuli such as light or odor as underwater sound attenuates slowly, is highly directional and is unimpeded by low light or water turbidity. This review details the use of acoustics to deter and guide fish movements for a wide variety of fishes, before critically assessing the benefits and limitations of the technology. No single method of fish deterrence is a “one size fits all”, and therefore this review will assist both managers and researchers attempting to use acoustic deterrents for different fish orders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-807
Number of pages19
JournalReviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grant 00065033 to AFM.

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© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Acoustic deterrents
  • Fish
  • Fisheries management
  • Invasive species


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