Acoustic telemetry observation systems: challenges encountered and overcome in the Laurentian Great Lakes
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
The Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS), organized in 31 2012, aims to advance and improve conservation and management of Great Lakes fishes by 32 providing information on behavior, habitat use, and population dynamics. GLATOS faced 33 challenges during establishment, including a funding agency-imposed urgency to initiate 34 projects, a lack of telemetry expertise, and managing a flood of data. GLATOS now connects 35 190+ investigators, provides project consultation,
... consultation, maintains a web-based data portal, contributes 36 data to Ocean Tracking Network's global database, loans equipment, and promotes science 37 transfer to managers. The GLATOS database currently has 50+ projects, 39 species tagged, 38 8,000+ fish released, and 150+ million tag detections. Lessons learned include: 1) seek advice 39 from others experienced in telemetry; 2) organize networks prior to when urgent needs to share 40 data exist; 3) establish a data management system so that all receivers can contribute to every 41 project; 4) hold annual meetings to foster relationships; 5) involve fish managers to ensure 42 relevancy; and 6) staff require full-time commitment to lead and coordinate projects, and to 43 analyze data and publish results.