Using animal
tracking data to
inform management
and conservation

A recent study led by MegaMove Steering Committee members project shows how animal tracking data of marine fauna have been used to inform conservation policy and management.

In this study, leading experts in animal tracking research highlight studies that demonstrate how tracking data of diverse marine taxa (sea birds, mammals, fish, and reptiles) have led to management action or conservation policy. These actions included reductions to fisheries bycatch and design of marine protected areas.

Recent technology developments allow long-term tracking (> 1 year) data of marine species to become readily available. The clear message from the study is that regardless of taxa or geographic areas, there are many precedents on the means of applying tracking data to better safeguard marine taxa at local and regional scales. A key point though, is early engagement with relevant stakeholders.