By Sara Iverson, Scientific Director, Ocean Tracking Network
The Ocean Tracking Network: The Ocean Tracking Network is a science-driven platform that not only deploys state of the art acoustic receivers and oceanographic monitoring equipment in all of the world's five oceans, but also maintains a database of more than 60 million records the help researchers curate data and makes collaborating easier.
This global receiver infrastructure comprehensively examines the local-to-global movements of tagged marine animals such as sharks, sturgeon, eels, and tuna, as well as other marine species including squid, and marine mammals. Through this platform, a growing number of researchers collect, store, share, analyze, and use aquatic tracking and environmental data to support sustainable management of valued species.
Partnering: OTN is a collaborator and not a competitor, and is always open to new partnerships both within Canada and abroad. Here in Canada, the OTN Canada (funded by NSERC and SSHRC) is a countrywide interdisciplinary network of science and social science teams working within the global OTN infrastructure to address key scientific questions of both national and international concern and relevance. Abroad, OTN is fueled by collaboration, as partner institutions provide matching funds for the operations and maintenance of international installations, and also fund researchers to work with the data arising.
Policy: OTN assists end-users from academia, government, industry and the public in the development of new management approaches, industrial competitiveness, public engagement, and in policy development. OTN’s flexible nature means that it can respond to collect targeted information at the request of decision makers and stakeholders. OTN also partners with social scientists to help bridge the gap between science and policy.