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New Proceedings Volume Will Discuss Tagging and Tracking of Marine Animals with Electronic Devices

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research fishery biologist Jennifer L. Nielsen of the USGS Alaska Science Center is lead editor of a soon-to-be-released book titled Tagging and Tracking of Marine Animals with Electronic Devices. Scheduled for release in May 2009, the book contains 25 chapters dealing with advances in electronic-tagging technologies in marine ecosystems, the behavior of aquatic animals tracked by using electronic tags, new innovations in geolocation estimates by using electronic tags, and fisheries applications for electronic devices in marine animals.

The book is a compilation of papers from the Second International Symposium on Tagging and Tracking Marine Fish with Electronic Devices, which was held in San Sebastian, Spain, in October 2007, 7 years after the first symposium was held in Hawaii in 2000. In the intervening 7 years, major advances have occurred both in the capability and reliability of electronic tags and in analytical approaches for geolocation of tagged animals in marine habitats. Such advances as increased data-storage capacity, sensor development, and tag miniaturization have allowed researchers to track a much wider array of marine animals, not just large and charismatic species. Importantly, data returned by these tags are now being used in population analyses and movement simulations that can be directly utilized in stock assessments and other management applications. Papers in this volume are divided into three sections, the first describing insights in behavior achieved by using acoustic, archival, and novel tags; the second reporting on advances in methods of geolocation; and the third describing how tag data have been used in management of marine species. Accurate documentation of animal movements and behaviors in critical marine habitats are impossible to obtain with other technologies. The management and conservation of marine species are critical in today's changing ocean environment, and as electronic tags become more accurate and functional for a diversity of organisms, their application continues to grow, setting new standards in science and technology.

The book's editors are Nielsen, Haritz Arrizabalaga (AZTI, Spain), Nuno Fragoso (University of New Hampshire), Alistair Hobday (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation [CSIRO], Australia), Molly Lutcavage (University of New Hampshire), and John Sibert (University of Hawaii). This is the 9th volume in the series "Reviews: Methods and Technologies in Fish Biology and Fisheries" (REME), published by Springer. Nielsen is the REME Series Editor. The book will be available May 4, 2009; more information is posted at URL http://www.springer.com/life+sci/ecology/book/978-1-4020-9639-6.

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