Aquatic animals are integral to ocean and freshwater ecosystems and their resilience, are depended upon globally for food sustainability, and support coastal communities and Indigenous peoples. However, global aquatic environments are changing profoundly due to anthropogenic actions and environmental change. These changes are altering distributions, movements, and survival of aquatic animals in ways that are not well understood. The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a global partnership that is filling this knowledge gap. OTN Canada, a pan-Canadian (and beyond) research network, was launched in 2010 with visionary funding by the Canadian government. In our introduction to this special issue, we briefly overview how this interdisciplinary network has used state-of-the-art technologies, infrastructure, electronic tags and sensors, and associated cutting-edge research and training programs to better understand changing marine and freshwater dynamics and their impact on ecosystems, resources, and animal ecology. These studies have provided unprecedented insights into animal ecology and resource management at a range of spatial and temporal scales and by interfacing animal movements with novel measures of environment, physiology, disease, genetics–genomics, and anthropogenic stressors.

dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2018-0481
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Department of Biology

Iverson, S.J. (Sara J.), Fisk, A.T. (Aaron T.), Hinch, S.G. (Scott G.), Flemming, J.M. (Joanna Mills), Cooke, S.J, & Whoriskey, F.G. (Frederick G.). (2019). The ocean tracking network: Advancing frontiers in aquatic science and management. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 76(7), 1041–1051. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2018-0481