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

Lennox, R.J. and Aarestrup, K. and Cooke, S.J. and Cowley, P.D. and Deng, Z.D. and Fisk, A.T. and Harcourt, R.G. and Heupel, M. and Hinch, S.G. and Holland, K.N. and Hussey, N.E. and Iverson, S.J. and Kessel, S.T. and Kocik, J.F. and Lucas, M.C. and Mills Flemming, J. and Nguyen, V.M. and Stokesbury, M.J.W. and Vagle, S. and VanderZwaag, D.L. and Whoriskey, F.G. and Young, N. (2017) 'Envisioning the future of aquatic animal tracking : technology, science, and application.', BioScience., 67 (10). pp. 884-896.


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.

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Publisher statement:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in BioScience following peer review. The version of record 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., Mills Flemming, J., Nguyen, V.M., Stokesbury, M.J.W., Vagle, S., VanderZwaag, D.L., Whoriskey, F.G. & Young, N. (2017). Envisioning the future of aquatic animal tracking: Technology, science, and application. BioScience, 67(1): 884-896 is available online at:
Date accepted:05 July 2017
Date deposited:24 July 2017
Date of first online publication:13 September 2017
Date first made open access:13 September 2018

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