Global trends in aquatic animal tracking with acoustic telemetry

Jordan K. Matley*, Natalie V. Klinard*, Ana P. Barbosa Martins, Kim Aarestrup, Eneko Aspillaga, Steven J. Cooke, Paul D. Cowley, Michelle R. Heupel, Christopher G. Lowe, Susan K. Lowerre-Barbieri, Hiromichi Mitamura, Jean-Sébastien Moore, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, Michael J.W. Stokesbury, Matthew D. Taylor, Eva B. Thorstad, Christopher S. Vandergoot, Aaron T. Fisk

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Acoustic telemetry (AT) is a rapidly evolving technique used to track the movements of aquatic animals. As the capacity of AT research expands, it is important to optimize its relevance to management while still pursuing key ecological questions. A global review of AT literature revealed region-specific research priorities underscoring the breadth of how AT is applied, but collectively demonstrated a lack of management-driven objectives, particularly relating to fisheries, climate change, and protection of species. In addition to the need for more research with direct pertinence to management, AT research should prioritize ongoing efforts to create collaborative opportunities, establish long-term and ecosystem-based monitoring, and utilize technological advancements to bolster aquatic policy and ecological understanding worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Number of pages16
ISSN0169-5347
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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