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A review of acoustic telemetry in Europe and the need for a regional aquatic telemetry network
University of the Algarve, Portugal.
University of the Azores, Portugal.
Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium.
DTU, Denmark.
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2018 (English)In: Animal Biotelemetry, ISSN 2050-3385, E-ISSN 2050-3385, Vol. 6, p. 1-7, article id 12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Globally, there are a large and growing number of researchers using biotelemetry as a tool to studyaquatic animals. In Europe, this community lacks a formal network structure. The aim of this study is to review the useof acoustic telemetry in Europe and document the contribution of cross-boundary studies and inter-research groupcollaborations. Based on this, we explore the potential benefits and challenges of a network approach to identifyfuture priorities and best practices for aquatic biotelemetry research in Europe.

Results: Over the past decade, there was an approximately sevenfold increase in the number of acoustic telemetrystudies published on marine and diadromous species in Europe compared to a sixfold increase globally. Over 90%of these studies were conducted on fishes and undertaken in coastal areas, estuaries, or rivers. 75% of these studieswere conducted by researchers based in one of five nations (Norway, UK, France, Portugal, and Spain) and, eventhough 34% were based on collaborations between scientists from several countries, there was only one study withan acoustic receiver array that extended beyond the borders of a single country. In recent years, acoustic telemetryin European waters has evolved from studying behavioural aspects of animals (82.2%), into more holistic approachesaddressing management-related issues (10%), tagging methods and effects (5%), and technology and data analysisdevelopment (2.8%).

Conclusions: Despite the increasing number of publications and species tracked, there is a prominent lack ofplanned and structured acoustic telemetry collaborations in Europe. A formal pan-European network structure wouldpromote the development of (1) a research platform that could benefit the acoustic telemetry community throughcapacity building, (2) a centralized database, and (3) key deployment sites and studies on priority species requiringresearch in Europe. A network may increase efficiency, expand the scope of research that can be undertaken, promoteEuropean science integration, enhance the opportunities and success of acquiring research funding and, ultimately,foster regional and transatlantic collaborations. It may also help address research priorities such as the large-scalesocietal challenges arising from climate change impacts and assist the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive viaidentification of good environmental status of endangered or commercially important species.

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 6, p. 1-7, article id 12
Keywords [en]
European tracking network, acoustic telemetry, flagship species, acoustic arrays, animal movement, spatio-temporal movement, biotelemetry
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Biological Sciences
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Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69387DOI: 10.1186/s40317-018-0156-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-69387DiVA, id: diva2:1250953
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