The Australian Animal Tagging and Monitoring System – Progress and Future Directions
Mark Meekan (AIMS)
The Australian Animal Tagging and Monitoring System (AATAMS; http://www.imos.org.au/aatams.html) funds and maintains infrastructure for tracking of marine animals around the Australian coastline as part of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). AATAMS is also an important part of the global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) and represents two of the ocean regions for this program, the west Pacific and the east Indian ocean. A principal aim of AATAMS is to facilitate the collection of data over the long term (decades) so that researchers can assess the effects of climate change, ocean acidification and other physical and biological processes that influence the movement and habitat use of animals within the marine environment. AATAMS now involves over 30 research institutions, 100 active researchers with 1200 instruments deployed throughout Australia on marine animals including cetaceans, elasmobranchs, teleost fishes, reptiles and invertebrates. The aim of this symposium is to bring this community together to discuss progress, share results and insights and develop research goals for the future.