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Title: Envisioning the Future of Aquatic Animal Tracking: Technology, Science, and Application

Abstract

Electronic tags have proven to be extremely useful for broadening our understanding of aquatic animals by answering diverse questions about their behaviours, physiologies, and life histories fundamental to ecology. Simultaneously, many applied conservation and management efforts are informed by animals tagged with electronic tags. In spite of the many advances in tracking software and hardware, an uncertain future in the world’s aquatic ecosystems portends great challenges for science. Aquatic animal tracking with electronic tags represents both the present and future of integrative biology and ecology in aquatic ecosystems. Here we identify what we regard as the future of aquatic animal tracking in a horizon scanning exercise. We submit that the future of aquatic animal tracking will include opportunities for multi-platform tracking systems for simultaneously monitoring position, activity, physiology, and microhabitat of animals, improved data collection and accessibility with new infrastructure (e.g. tags, receivers) and cyberinfrastructure, and integrated tagging information with animal traits derived from biopsy during tagging. We discuss parallel needs and opportunities in areas related to the application of animal tracking in the future such as knowledge mobilization and governance.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1406717
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-120348
Journal ID: ISSN 0006-3568; WC0102000
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: BioScience; Journal Volume: 67; Journal Issue: 10
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
ocean tracking network; biotelemetry; biologging; environmental sensor; horizon scan

Citation Formats

Lennox, Robert J., Aarestrup, Kim, Cooke, Steven J., Cowley, Paul D., Deng, Zhiqun D., Fisk, Aaron T., Harcourt, Robert G., Heupel, Michelle, Hinch, Scott G., Holland, Kim N., Hussey, Nigel E., Iverson, Sara J., Kessel, Steven T., Kocik, John F., Lucas, Martyn C., Flemming, Joanna Mills, Nguyen, Vivian M., Stokesbury, Michael J. W., Vagle, Svein, VanderZwaag, David L., Whoriskey, Frederick G., and Young, Nathan. Envisioning the Future of Aquatic Animal Tracking: Technology, Science, and Application. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix098.
Lennox, Robert J., Aarestrup, Kim, Cooke, Steven J., Cowley, Paul D., Deng, Zhiqun D., Fisk, Aaron T., Harcourt, Robert G., Heupel, Michelle, Hinch, Scott G., Holland, Kim N., Hussey, Nigel E., Iverson, Sara J., Kessel, Steven T., Kocik, John F., Lucas, Martyn C., Flemming, Joanna Mills, Nguyen, Vivian M., Stokesbury, Michael J. W., Vagle, Svein, VanderZwaag, David L., Whoriskey, Frederick G., & Young, Nathan. Envisioning the Future of Aquatic Animal Tracking: Technology, Science, and Application. United States. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix098.
Lennox, Robert J., Aarestrup, Kim, Cooke, Steven J., Cowley, Paul D., Deng, Zhiqun D., Fisk, Aaron T., Harcourt, Robert G., Heupel, Michelle, Hinch, Scott G., Holland, Kim N., Hussey, Nigel E., Iverson, Sara J., Kessel, Steven T., Kocik, John F., Lucas, Martyn C., Flemming, Joanna Mills, Nguyen, Vivian M., Stokesbury, Michael J. W., Vagle, Svein, VanderZwaag, David L., Whoriskey, Frederick G., and Young, Nathan. Wed . "Envisioning the Future of Aquatic Animal Tracking: Technology, Science, and Application". United States. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix098.
@article{osti_1406717,
title = {Envisioning the Future of Aquatic Animal Tracking: Technology, Science, and Application},
author = {Lennox, Robert J. and Aarestrup, Kim and Cooke, Steven J. and Cowley, Paul D. and Deng, Zhiqun D. and Fisk, Aaron T. and Harcourt, Robert G. and Heupel, Michelle and Hinch, Scott G. and Holland, Kim N. and Hussey, Nigel E. and Iverson, Sara J. and Kessel, Steven T. and Kocik, John F. and Lucas, Martyn C. and Flemming, Joanna Mills and Nguyen, Vivian M. and Stokesbury, Michael J. W. and Vagle, Svein and VanderZwaag, David L. and Whoriskey, Frederick G. and Young, Nathan},
abstractNote = {Electronic tags have proven to be extremely useful for broadening our understanding of aquatic animals by answering diverse questions about their behaviours, physiologies, and life histories fundamental to ecology. Simultaneously, many applied conservation and management efforts are informed by animals tagged with electronic tags. In spite of the many advances in tracking software and hardware, an uncertain future in the world’s aquatic ecosystems portends great challenges for science. Aquatic animal tracking with electronic tags represents both the present and future of integrative biology and ecology in aquatic ecosystems. Here we identify what we regard as the future of aquatic animal tracking in a horizon scanning exercise. We submit that the future of aquatic animal tracking will include opportunities for multi-platform tracking systems for simultaneously monitoring position, activity, physiology, and microhabitat of animals, improved data collection and accessibility with new infrastructure (e.g. tags, receivers) and cyberinfrastructure, and integrated tagging information with animal traits derived from biopsy during tagging. We discuss parallel needs and opportunities in areas related to the application of animal tracking in the future such as knowledge mobilization and governance.},
doi = {10.1093/biosci/bix098},
journal = {BioScience},
number = 10,
volume = 67,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Sep 13 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Wed Sep 13 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}