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Animal Tracking Facility

In a true paradigm shift in Australian marine research, IMOS is creating an enhanced, nationally integrated capacity to collect marine data, draw it together and make it accessible to researchers.


The Animal Tracking Facility (ATF) is one of 11 facilities within IMOS.  Currently the ATF uses acoustic technology, CTD satellite trackers and bio-loggers to monitor coastal and oceanic movements of marine animals from the Australian mainland to the sub-Antarctic islands and as far south as the Antarctic contintent.  The ATF is set  up to collect data over a long period of time.  A large range of fish, sharks and mammals are collecting a wide range of data.  This includes behavioural and physical data such as depth, temperature, salinity and movement effort of individual marine animals.  ATF aims to:

  • Form a national network and increase collaboration between acoustic telemetry researchers;
  • Invest in over 500 permanent, strategically located receivers (VR2Ws and VR3s) to maximise national benefit and form a continental array with existing infrastructure;
  • Lead the Southern hemisphere section of an internationally coordinated Marine Animal Tracking program ie  the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN).
  • Act as a central data repository from collaborating institutes and researchers around the nation
  • Assess climate change in the Southern Ocean 
Click on the link below for further ATF detail.
For more information contact:

ATF Technical Office
Tel: 02 9969 2664


Prof Rob Harcourt
ATF Project leader
Tel: 02 9850 7970