Ocean Tracking Network Proposal Planning Workshop

Churchill Grimes and Steve Lindley (SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division) traveled to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia to participate in a proposal-planning workshop for the Canadian-led Ocean Tracking Network (OTN). Grimes gave a presentation on how OTN could contribute to NOAA's ecosystem goals and PaCOOS.

OTN would establish lines of acoustic tag detectors on the continental shelves of the word's oceans, enabling the movements of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals to be tracked, and would provide information on mortality rates and species interactions. A technology development component includes developing hybrid archival tags that would download their archival data to the hydrophones, obviating the need to recapture tagged animals.

OTN is one of three finalists selected by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to compete for $35M. If funded, OTN would supply equipment to NOAA which would allow this technology to be incorporated into U.S. ocean observing systems, in return for in-kind support such as equipment deployment and operations. (July 3, 2006)