This is the OBIS extraction of the OTN Shark Spotters shark tracking project, consisting only of the release tagging metadata. i.e. the locations and dates of tagged animal release. If readers are interested in the full source dataset they should refer to the OTN web site (members.oceantrack.org). Abstract: South Africa's Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), located on the campus of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, maintains the Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP). OTN supports ATAP through equipment loans, and by working with ATAP data managers to build a telemetry data node for use by African scientists. This South African node is leveraging OTN's data toolset and templates and integrating with the OTN and its partners' data systems to help build a global tracking base. Collaboration between researchers is essential for understanding large-scale movement patterns of ecologically important species. ATAP's arrays and data systems includes detections from equipment owned by itself, on loan from the OTN, or placed and maintained by independent partners who share data through the ATAP data node. The ATAP network provides comprehensive coastal and estuarine coverage across South Africa's coastline and north into the waters of Angola and Mozambique on Africa's west and east coasts, respectively. These arrays are providing scientists in the region with an unprecedented opportunity to study the movements of top predators such as white sharks as well as other migratory coastal and estuarine species. Additional details about individual tracking projects which are a part of ATAP are available by contacting the associated researcher.
The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 42 records.
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|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-34.35, 18.518], North East [-34.35, 18.518]|
All tagged specimens were identified to species.
|Species||Mustelus mustelus (smooth hound shark), Carcharodon carcharias (white shark), Notorynchus cepedianus (sevengill shark)|
|Start Date / End Date||2013-03-05 / 2016-02-24|
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|Title||Ocean Tracking Network (OTN)|
|Funding||OTN is a $168-million research and technology development initiative headquartered at Dalhousie University, in Halifax Nova Scotia. Starting in 2008, OTN began deploying Canadian state of the art acoustic receivers and oceanographic monitoring equipment in key ocean locations. These are being used to document the movements and survival of marine animals carrying acoustic tags and to document how both are influenced by oceanographic conditions. OTN is funded by the 'Canada Foundation for Innovation' and the 'Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada' with additional support from 'Dalhousie University' and the 'Social Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada'.|
|Study Area Description||OTN is a project of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) providing infrastructure to collect comprehensive data on sea animals in relation to the ocean's changing physical properties at strategic locations along the sea floor in 14 ocean regions off all seven continents. OTN data are in the process of being routinely copied to International Oceanographic Data Exchange (IODE) recognized facilities at the Department of Fisheries and Ocean Canada for long term sustainability and to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (www.obis.org) for public accessibility.|
|Design Description||A wide range of aquatic species - salmon, tuna, whales, sharks, penguins, crabs, and seals, to name a few, are tagged with small electronic transmitters, surgically implanted or attached externally, and can operate for up to 20 years. Acoustic receivers arranged in line on the ocean floor as well as attached to buoys, gliders and large animals (e.g. grey seals) pick up the coded acoustic signals from these tags identifying each tagged sea creature that passes within half a kilometer of the receiver. Data are subsequently uploaded to a central database, resulting in current and reliable global records that can be analyzed and applied to many different environmental research efforts. Tags and receivers are also be outfitted with sensors to measure the ocean's temperature, depth, salinity, currents, chemistry, and other properties.|
The personnel involved in the project:
Acoustic tags released.
|Study Extent||Tagging program started in 2013 and is ongoing.|
|Quality Control||OTN species names are verified using the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). If species names on new data cannot be verified against (a) known valid names in OTN, and/or (b) WoRMs the Data Provider will be notified so they can check they are correct. Names that cannot be placed after checking with WoRMS are, where possible, placed on the basis of other authoritative sources, such as the Fishbase or ITIS; and once completely verified a request will be sent to WoRMS for addition of the verified species name. http://members.oceantrack.org/data/discovery/byspecies.|
Method step description:
- This resource was created by OTN data management for publication at OBIS. Darwin Core (DwC) records were extracted from the core OTN database in the required IPT format.
- Kock, A., Barnett, A. yyyy. Shark Spotters shark tracking. In: Kock, A., Barnett, A. yyyy. Shark Spotters shark tracking.
Access Constraints: none Use Constraints: Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing databases in the form appearing in the 'Citation' field thereof (if any); and acknowledge the use of the OBIS facility. marine, harvested by OBIS
|Purpose||These data are for display on the OBIS portal and associated mapping programs and for download to personal computers for ad-hoc end-user analysis.|