For more than 40 years JW Fishers has specialized in the design and manufacture of reasonably priced, high tech underwater search equipment. The product line includes diver-held and boat-towed metal detectors, marine magnetometers, underwater cameras, ROVs, cable tracking systems, acoustic pingers, scanning sonars, and side scan sonars. Today the company maintains an active R&D effort to explore and develop new technologies for underwater search in order to offer our customers the latest and most cost effective equipment available. The company offers the most complete line of underwater search products from any single manufacturer and stands behind every piece of equipment with a warranty and service that is second to none. JW Fishers products are in use by underwater archaeologists, commercial diving companies, law enforcement agencies, and military units worldwide.
The company was founded in the mid-sixties by current president and CEO Jack Fisher. It all started when Mr. Fisher, an avid diver, needed an underwater metal detector to use on a salvage project. He discovered there was no such device available. Over the next several years he developed and built his own underwater metal detector. JW Fishers Mfg. was formed and Mr. Fisher began building and selling his detectors to other divers. As a result of customer requests for more powerful models that could cover larger areas, the company expanded the product line from diver-held metal detectors to boat-towed metal detectors and magnetometers. Underwater cameras were a natural follow-on to the product line: customers wanted a tool they could use to look at targets they were finding with their boat-towed detectors or they simply wanted to do a visual search of an area. Next came a family of sonar systems including scanning sonars and side scan sonars (the ultimate underwater search system). These sonars bring high technology to any underwater search operation with all survey data and position coordinates captured and stored on a computer. Acoustic pingers were added as a way to mark the location of underwater sites and oceanographic instruments. Cable and pipe trackers followed resulting from customer demand for easy to use instruments that could find deeply buried pipelines, electrical lines, and fiber optic cables.