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The Ocean Tracking Network

Ron O'Dor(1), Laurent Dagorn(2), Kim Holland(3), Ian Jonsen(4), John Payne(5), Warwick Sauer(6), Jayson Semmens(7), Michael Stokesbury(8), Peter Smith(4), Fred Whoriskey(9)

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The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) grew out of two Census of Marine Life tagging projects that together provide coverage for three trophic levels of interactions in ocean ecosystems. Researchers are pressing for standards and protocols allowing universal storage and sharing of a broad spectrum of biological and physical oceanographic information from combined systems. Society needs information to manage marine resources and standardized approaches encourage investment in new technologies compatible with global systems. We summarize the planned OTN and some recurring themes from recent tracking and telemetry workshops around the world. We discuss ways industry believes it can deliver a picture of the complex interactions of biology and physics that are the world's oceans. Where animals go, what conditions they experience, how they interact and how individual's behaviours change on timescales relevant to climate change is information that scientists and managers need in order to protect and restore ocean productivity.

1Dalhousie University, 1355 Oxford St., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4J1 Canada
2IRD-HEA (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement/Halieutique et Écosystèmes Aquatiques), BP 5045, 34032 Montpellier Cedex 1, Montpellier, France
3Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii, P.O. Box 1346, Coconut Island, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, USA
4Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1 Challenger Drive, P. O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 4A2 Canada
5POST (Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking), Vancouver Aquarium, P. O. Box 3232, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 3X8 Canada
6Rhodes University, P.O. Box 94 Grahamstown 6140 South Africa
7Marine Research Laboratories, Tasmanian Aquaculture & Fisheries Institute, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 49, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
8Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University, 1355 Oxford St., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4J1 Canada
9The Atlantic Salmon Federation, P. O. Box 5200, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, E5B 3S8 Canada

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: rodor@oceanleadership.org

This paper shall be cited as:

O'Dor, R. & Co-Authors (2010). "The Ocean Tracking Network" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.66

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