EU Horizon 2020 project

A large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.

62 Partners, 18 Countries

International integration of Atlantic ocean observing activities – further supporters / members are welcome.

Task 3.7

European Animal Telemetry Network (EATN)

Lead: IMAR (Ana Colaco and Pedro Afonso)

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The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a world leader in the use of acoustic telemetry and currently maintains the world’s two most extensive telemetry lines in the western Atlantic continental shelf, with coastal deployments in South Africa and Angola, and in preparation for Brazil. OTN and its partner systems (e.g. gliders) have created mutually compatible data storage systems. AtlantOS will incorporate Europe into the developing global telemetry network. Workshops addressing the preparation of joint proposals for funding common studies [D3.10] [IMAR, DAL] and data handling procedures [D3.21] [DAL, IMAR] will be held to achieve this purpose. Acoustic receivers will be added to infrastructures deployed within other tasks of AtlantOS (e.g. gliders, buoys) [IMAR with provision of equipment through OTN]. A key objective is to leverage resources to European researchers to acoustically tag valued species [D3.2 ], enabling them to provide knowledge to managers and policy makers that will guide sustainable use of species and ecosystem management approaches. This will be accomplished by the development of funding proposals to be submitted to appropriate agencies.


D3.2 ETN Valued species Report: Provide operations and maintenance support to scientific teams initiating studies of valued species, such as bluefin tuna, European eel, sea bass, sea trout. To achieve this deliverable we will hold a workshop focusing on launching and networking activities (experimental design, funding, etc.).PM18

D3.10 ETN Technical standards: Development of technical standards for specific European lines and tagging projects in the form of a report. PM36

D3.21 EATN Database: Development of a European Tracking Network component of researchers and database, sharing common standards and protocols, data formats and platforms, and interlinked to other existing or developing Atlantic Ocean networks in Canada, the USA, Africa and South America (starting in Brazil) to provide a global Atlantic tracking network. PM45