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A novel method for identifying coded tags recorded on aquatic acoustic monitoring systems.

Lowe, C. D., Tregenza, N. J.C., Allen, C. J., Blow, G. E., Nuuttila, H., Bertelli, C. M., Mendzil, A. F., Stamp, T., Sheehan, E. V., Davies, P., Gordon, J. C.D., Bolland, J. D., Britton, J.R., Main, R., Velterop, R., Crundwell, C., Schofield, A. and Clarke, D. R.K., 2022. A novel method for identifying coded tags recorded on aquatic acoustic monitoring systems. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 194, 806.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10661-022-10500-2


Aquatic biotelemetry increasingly relies on using acoustic transmitters ('tags') that enable passive detection of tagged animals using fixed or mobile receivers. Both tracking methods are resource-limited, restricting the spatial area in which movements of highly mobile animals can be measured using proprietary detection systems. Transmissions from tags are recorded by underwater noise monitoring systems designed for other purposes, such as cetacean monitoring devices, which have been widely deployed in the marine environment; however, no tools currently exist to decode these detections, and thus valuable additional information on animal movements may be missed. Here, we describe simple hybrid methods, with potentially wide application, for obtaining information from otherwise unused data sources. The methods were developed using data from moored, acoustic cetacean detectors (C-PODs) and towed passive receiver arrays, often deployed to monitor the vocalisations of cetaceans, but any similarly formatted data source could be used. The method was applied to decode tag detections that were found to have come from two highly mobile fish species, bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and Twaite shad (Alosa fallax), that had been tagged in other studies. Decoding results were validated using test tags; range testing data were used to demonstrate the relative efficiency of these receiver methods in detecting tags. This approach broadens the range of equipment from which acoustic tag detections can be decoded. Novel detections derived from the method could add significant value to past and present tracking studies at little additional cost, by providing new insights into the movement of mobile animals at sea.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Acoustic tags;C-POD;Decoding;Innovasea;Passive acoustic monitoring;Vemco;Acoustics;Animals;Environmental Monitoring;Noise
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37581
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:27 Sep 2022 09:50
Last Modified:27 Sep 2022 09:50


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