Environment Experts urge technological advances for the future of the underwater world

Experts urge technological advances for the future of the underwater world

A team of 40 scientists from across the world has come together to highlight the importance of underwater animal tracking tags for advances in marine research.

Animal tracking tags are small electronic devices that allow scientists to record the lives of sea animals, measuring where they go, how deep they dive, how fast they swim, where and when they rest and eat, and so on.

The project’s lead researcher, Alfred Deakin Professor Graeme Hays, said these insights are extremely important for the marine industry to help with ocean conservation intelligence, address unsolved mysteries and help scientists assess how climate change may impact iconic marine species in the future.

Professor Hays said the aim of his paper was to cast light over pressing issues in the marine industry and show how animal-tracking tags could assist with a majority of these.

“By bringing leading experts together from Australia, the US, Europe and Asia we should have captured most of the most pressing issues in the field. If it’s in the paper it’s an important question that needs addressing,” he concludes.

Read more here: Deakin University.