Marine species provide global food security, contribute billions of dollars annually through recreational sport and tourism and are culturally significant to many aboriginal and First Nations groups. Despite their importance, little is know about their survival, movements and migrations, habitat use and response to the changing ocean climate. Managers and policy makers require profound knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystems to reduce and avoid human impacts. The Ocean Tracking Network's (OTN) global monitoring network is providing the scientific foundation for sustainable oceans management.
To achieve a global platform capable of providing this foundation, OTN is deploying state of the art acoustic receivers and oceanographic monitoring equipment in all of the world's five oceans. 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, sea turtles, and marine mammals.
OTN unites the finest marine scientists in the world in the most comprehensive and revolutionary examination of marine life and ocean conditions that will change how scientists and world leaders understand and manage pressing global concerns such as fisheries management in the face of climate change.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) provides the support for the global acoustic receiver infrastructure. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funds Canadian scientists conducting research using the acoustic infrastructure within Canada. NSERC-supported research, "OTN Canada," addresses key questions by focusing on Canada's ocean and aquatic ecosystems.
OTN is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is headquartered at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.