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, Aaron T. Fisk, Robert G. Harcourt, Michelle Heupel, Scott G. Hinch, Kim N. Holland, Nigel E. Hussey, Sara 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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    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
    Pages (from-to)884-896
    Number of pages13
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


    • biologging
    • biotelemetry
    • environmental monitoring
    • Ocean Tracking Network


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