Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Project

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The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Project (POST) is a field project of the Census of Marine Life that researches the behavior of marine animals through the use of ocean telemetry and data management systems.[1] This system of telemetry consists of highly efficient lines of acoustic receivers that create sections of the continental shelf along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. The acoustic receivers pick up signals from the tagged animals as they pass along the lines, allowing for the documentation of movement patterns. The receivers also allow for the estimation of parameters such as swimming speed and mortality.[2] The trackers sit on the seabed of the continental shelf and in the major rivers of the world. This method can be used to improve fishing skills and management.[3]

The program started in 2002 and was initially limited to the study of the movement and ocean-survival of both hatchery-raised and wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest. After the successful pilot period, the program has now moved into the tracking of trout,[4] sharks,[5] rockfish, and lingcod.[6]

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  1. ^ "Program Description on CoML Website". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ "PLOS Collections: Article collections published by the Public Library of Science". doi:10.1371/issue.pcol.v01.i05. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2013-05-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Moore, Megan E.; Goetz, Fred A.; Doornik, Donald M. Van; Tezak, Eugene P.; Quinn, Thomas P.; Reyes-Tomassini, Jose J.; Berejikian, Barry A. (20 September 2010). "Early Marine Migration Patterns of Wild Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki), Steelhead Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and Their Hybrids". PLOS ONE. 5 (9): e12881. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012881. Retrieved 11 July 2018 – via PLoS Journals.
  5. ^ Andrews, Kelly S.; Williams, Greg D.; Levin, Phillip S. (8 September 2010). "Seasonal and Ontogenetic Changes in Movement Patterns of Sixgill Sharks". PLOS ONE. 5 (9): e12549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012549. Retrieved 11 July 2018 – via PLoS Journals.
  6. ^ Reynolds, Brad F.; Powers, Sean P.; Bishop, Mary Anne (13 August 2010). "Application of Acoustic Telemetry to Assess Residency and Movements of Rockfish and Lingcod at Created and Natural Habitats in Prince William Sound". PLOS ONE. 5 (8): e12130. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012130. Retrieved 11 July 2018 – via PLoS Journals.

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