Technological advances in the field of ecology allow data on ecological systems to be collected at high resolution, both temporally and spatially. Devices such as Dual-frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON) can be deployed in aquatic environments for extended periods and easily generate several terabytes of underwater surveillance data which may need to be processed multiple times. Due to the large amount of data generated and need for flexibility in processing, a distributed pipeline was constructed for DIDSON data making use of the Hadoop ecosystem. The pipeline is capable of ingesting raw DIDSON data, transforming the acoustic data to images, filtering the images, detecting and extracting motion, and generating feature data for machine learning and classification. All of the tasks in the pipeline can be run in parallel and the framework allows for custom processing. Applications of the pipeline include monitoring migration times, determining the presence of a particular species, estimating population size and other fishery management tasks.