Global trends in aquatic animal tracking with acoustic telemetry
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
animal telemetry, aquatic monitoring, biotelemetry, conservation, movement ecology, resource management
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.
Matley, Jordan K.; Klinard, Natalie V.; Barbosa Martins, Ana P.; Aarestrup, Kim; Aspillaga, Eneko; Cooke, Steven J.; Cowley, Paul D.; Heupel, Michelle R.; Lowe, Christopher G.; Lowerre-Barbieri, Susan K.; Mitamura, Hiromichi; Moore, Jean Sébastien; Simpfendorfer, Colin A.; Stokesbury, Michael J.W.; Taylor, Matthew D.; Thorstad, Eva B.; Vandergoot, Christopher S.; and Fisk, Aaron T.. (2022). Global trends in aquatic animal tracking with acoustic telemetry. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 37 (1), 79-94.