Envisioning the future of aquatic animal tracking: Technology, science, and application

Robert J. Lennox, Kim Aarestrup, Steven J. Cooke, Paul D. Cowley, Zhiqun D. Deng, Aron T. Fisk, Robert G. Harcourt, Michelle Heupel, Scott G. Hinch, Kim N. Holland, Nigel E. Hussey, Sarah J. Iverson, Steven T. Kessel, John F. Kocik, Martyn C. Lucas, Joanna Mills Flemming, Vivian M. Nguyen , Michael J. W. Stokesbury , Svein Vagle , David L. VanderzwaagFrederick G. Whoriskey, Nathan Young

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Abstract

Electronic tags are significantly improving our understanding of aquatic animal behavior and are emerging as key sources of information for
conservation and management practices. Future aquatic integrative biology and ecology studies will increasingly rely on data from electronic
tagging. Continued advances in tracking hardware and software are needed to provide the knowledge required by managers and policymakers
to address the challenges posed by the world’s changing aquatic ecosystems. We foresee multiplatform tracking systems for simultaneously
monitoring the position, activity, and physiology of animals and the environment through which they are moving. Improved data collection will
be accompanied by greater data accessibility and analytical tools for processing data, enabled by new infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure. To
operationalize advances and facilitate integration into policy, there must be parallel developments in the accessibility of education and training,
as well as solutions to key governance and legal issues
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioScience
Volume67
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)884-896
ISSN0006-3568
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Biotelemetry
  • Biologging
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Ocean Tracking Network

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Lennox, R. J., Aarestrup, K., Cooke, S. J., Cowley, P. D., Deng, Z. D., Fisk, A. T., Harcourt, R. G., Heupel, M., Hinch, S. G., Holland, K. N., Hussey, N. E., Iverson, S. J., Kessel, S. T., Kocik, J. F., Lucas, M. C., Flemming, J. M., Nguyen , V. M., Stokesbury , M. J. W., Vagle , S., ... Young , N. (2017). Envisioning the future of aquatic animal tracking: Technology, science, and application. BioScience, 67(10), 884-896. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix098