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Real-time nodes permit adaptive management of endangered species of fishes

A. Peter Klimley, Thomas V. Agosta, Arnold J. Ammann, Ryan D. Battleson, Matthew D. Pagel, Michael J. Thomas
2017 Animal Biotelemetry  
Currently acoustic tag-detecting autonomous receivers must be visited periodically to download the files of tag detections. Hence, the information about the whereabouts of tagged fishes is not available to make prompt regulatory decisions to reduce entrainment. In contrast, real-time receivers can detect the signal from a transmitter on a passing fish and immediately transmit its identity and time of detection to a website, where they can be viewed on either a computer or cellular telephone.
more » ... lular telephone. Real-time nodes can aid regulatory biologists in making important decisions. This is a powerful new tool for resource managers and conservation biologists. Results: We describe a network of real-time, fish-tracking nodes on the Sacramento River, California. Two case studies illustrate the value of the nodes. The first entails detecting the arrival of migrating winter-run Chinook salmon near a water diversion and alerting regulatory biologists to keep the diversion closed to increase the migratory success. The second study involves the detection of green sturgeon at potential stranding sites, alerting biologists of the need to transport them from that site to the main channel of the river so they can continue their upstream migration to their spawning sites.
doi:10.1186/s40317-017-0136-9 fatcat:5snntazb7nbzzitukhdx4x7fyy