FaunaGuard deployment at Heerema Marine Contractors Floating Offshore installation of XXL wind turbines (FOX) project in 2021
FaunaGuard deployment at Heerema Marine Contractors Floating Offshore installation of XXL wind turbines (FOX) project in 2021
FaunaGuard deployment at Heerema Marine Contractors Floating Offshore installation of XXL wind turbines (FOX) project in 2021
FaunaGuard deployment at Heerema Marine Contractors Floating Offshore installation of XXL wind turbines (FOX) project in 2021

What it is and how it works

FaunaGuard is an innovative suite of devices that use modern acoustic techniques to remove marine fauna from active construction zones. Each module is purpose-built for a target species to create temporary clear zones around your project site.

FaunaGuard's modular design means that it can be tailored to the specific needs of each target species - fish, seals, porpoises, or turtles. Its state-of-the-art acoustic technology makes optimal use of an animal's hearing range and sensitivity.

Our remote monitoring and control portal provides an easy-to-use interface for checking the effectiveness of the system.

Suitable for

Prevention is the key to safeguarding marine life from harm from active offshore construction activities

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Fish

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Turtles

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Seals

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Cetaceans

Targeted, species-specific approach

  • Makes optimal use of behavioural effects among marine fauna
  • Designed and tested sounds that are within the functional hearing range of target species/species groups
  • Takes directional hearing abilities of marine fauna into consideration

Safe volume output and quality of sound

  • Complex tones with harmonics, sweeps, and impulsive sounds
  • Random inter-pulse intervals to reduce the possibility of habituation
  • Reduced risk of permanent and temporary threshold shift (PTS, TTS)
  • Slow ramp-up from initial activation, giving fauna ample time to swim away
  • Prevents more serious physiological impact from high peak energy events
Heidi van der Meij, Environmental, Social, and Governance Specialist at Van Oord

“I think it’s really important to have a device that has proven sounds in it, but also a very good developed technology behind it.

Heidi van der Meij, Environmental, Social, and Governance Specialist at Van Oord

Get more information

Read our case study to learn more about how FaunaGuard is protecting local marine life. The FaunaGuard fact sheet provides additional details about the system.

Let’s talk

Get in touch today for guidance on how to make your offshore projects safe for marine life

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