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dc.contributor.authorAndrews, Russel D.
dc.contributor.authorBaird, Robin W.
dc.contributor.authorCalambokidis, John
dc.contributor.authorGoertz, Caroline E. C.
dc.contributor.authorGulland, Frances M. D.
dc.contributor.authorHeide-Jorgensen, Mads-Pieter
dc.contributor.authorHooker, Sascha Kate
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Mark
dc.contributor.authorMate, Bruce
dc.contributor.authorMitani, Yoko
dc.contributor.authorNowacek, Douglas P.
dc.contributor.authorOwen, Kylie
dc.contributor.authorQuakenbush, Lori T.
dc.contributor.authorRaverty, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorRobbins, Jooke
dc.contributor.authorSchorr, Gregory S.
dc.contributor.authorShpak, Olga V.
dc.contributor.authorTownsend, Forrest I.
dc.contributor.authorUhart, Marcela
dc.contributor.authorWells, Randall S.
dc.contributor.authorZerbini, Alexandre N.
dc.identifier.citationAndrews , R D , Baird , R W , Calambokidis , J , Goertz , C E C , Gulland , F M D , Heide-Jorgensen , M-P , Hooker , S K , Johnson , M , Mate , B , Mitani , Y , Nowacek , D P , Owen , K , Quakenbush , L T , Raverty , S , Robbins , J , Schorr , G S , Shpak , O V , Townsend , F I , Uhart , M , Wells , R S & Zerbini , A N 2019 , ' Best practice guidelines for cetacean tagging ' , Journal of Cetacean Research and Management , vol. 20 , pp. 27-66 . < >en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 266121667
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-7518-3548/work/68280516
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dc.description.abstractAnimal-borne electronic instruments (tags) are valuable tools for collecting information on cetacean physiology, behaviour and ecology, and for enhancing conservation and management policies for cetacean populations. Tags allow researchers to track the movement patterns, habitat use andother aspects of the behaviour of animals that are otherwise difficult to observe. They can even be used to monitor the physiology of a tagged animal within its changing environment. Such tags are ideal for identifying and predicting responses to anthropogenic threats, thus facilitating the development of robust mitigation measures. With the increasing need for data best provided by tagging and the increasing availability of tags, such research is becoming more common. Tagging can, however, pose risks to the health and welfare of cetaceans and to personnel involved in tagging operations. Here we provide ‘best practice’ recommendations for cetacean tag design, deployment and follow-up assessment of tagged individuals, compiled by biologists and veterinarians with significant experience in cetacean tagging. This paper is intended to serve as a resource to assist tag users, veterinarians, ethics committees and regulatory agency staff in the implementation of high standards of practice, and to promote the training of specialists in this area. Standardised terminology for describing tag design and illustrations of tag types and attachment sites are provided, along with protocols for tag testing and deployment (both remote and through capture-release), including training of operators. The recommendations emphasise the importance of ensuring that tagging is ethically and scientifically justified for a particular project and that tagging only be used to address bona fide research or conservation questions that are best addressed with tagging, as supported by an exploration of alternative methods. Recommendations are provided for minimising effects on individual animals (e.g. through careful selection of the individual, tag design and implant sterilisation) and for improving knowledge of tagging effects on cetaceans through increased post-tagging monitoring.
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dc.subjectSatellite taggingen
dc.subjectGC Oceanographyen
dc.subjectQA75 Electronic computers. Computer scienceen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectT Technologyen
dc.titleBest practice guidelines for cetacean taggingen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Sea Mammal Research Uniten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Bioacoustics groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Sound Tags Groupen
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