National Network

There are 16 arrays deployed by IMOS in collaboration with several partner organisations. The Perth, Maria and Flinders Island lines are part of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN). All arrays were strategically chosen by the Animal Tracking Facility’s Scientific Committee in order to represent optimal locations as national research infrastructure to benefit the Australian acoustic telemetry community. Arrays are typically serviced on an annual basis. The numbers in brackets represent the number of active stations within the array with cross-shelf arrays indicated as ‘CS’. All project locations can be exported as kmz files from the Animal Tracking Database and imported into Google Earth (see maps below).

There are five arrays along the NSW coast, Coffs Harbour (CS/15), Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve (CTBAR; 2), Sydney Gate (4), Bondi Line (CS/15), and Narooma (CS/9). There are two arrays in Tasmania, Flinders Island (terminated in April 2015) and Maria Island (CS/26), and one array in South Australia, Glenelg (CS/10). There are three arrays around the Great Barrier Reef near the research stations at Heron (25), One Tree (21) and Orpheus Island (28). There are five arrays in Western Australia, Perth (CS/78), Ningaloo (CS/38), Coral Bay (20), Rowley Shoals (30), and Scott Reef (15).

From collaborations with more than 170 researchers from all Australian states and territories (except the ACT) and overseas, the Animal Tracking Database has more than 65 million detections from more than 2000 receiver stations around the country. These collaborators are affiliated mainly with universities, government organisations, and research institutes but also (non-) for-profit organisations. A complete list of receiver locations can be downloaded here.



Receiver Pool Applications

The Animal Tracking Facility has a number of Vemco VR2W acoustic receivers and one VR100 receiver available for loan for a period of up to 12 months. These units are made available to help establish studies in new regions and allow researchers to collect preliminary data that can be used to form the basis of funding applications to establish more permanent acoustic receiver arrays. Applications must follow IMOS guidelines and principals (see Data page) and as such are restricted to marine regions (thus excluding estuary and enclosed bay regions). To download an application form please go to the Application Forms page.

  • Animal Tracking Facility Leader : Prof. Robert Harcourt

ph: (+61 2) 9850 7970

  • Animal Tracking Facility’s Scientific Officer : Dr Fabrice Jaine

ph:+61 2 9435 4644 T

Your access to IMOS Animal Tracking data discovery and exploration is through the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal.