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Best practice recommendations for the use of external telemetry devices on pinnipeds

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Horning, M and Andrews, RD and Bishop, AM and Boveng, PL and Costa, DP and Crocker, DE and Haulena, M and Hindell, M and Hindle, AG and Holser, RR and Hooker, SK and Huckstadt, LA and Johnson, S and Lea, M-A and McDonald, BI and McMahon, CR and Robinson, PW and Sattler, RL and Shuert, CR and Steingass, SM and Thompson, D and Tuomi, PA and Williams, CL and Womble, JN, Best practice recommendations for the use of external telemetry devices on pinnipeds, Animal Biotelemetry, 7 Article 20. ISSN 2050-3385 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s40317-019-0182-6

Abstract

Pinnipeds spend large portions of their lives at sea, submerged, or hauled-out on land, often on remote off-shore islands. This fundamentally limits access by researchers to critical parts of pinniped life history and has spurred the development and implementation of a variety of externally attached telemetry devices (ETDs) to collect information about movement patterns, physiology and ecology of marine animals when they cannot be directly observed. ETDs are less invasive and easier to apply than implanted internal devices, making them more widely used. However, ETDs have limited retention times and their use may result in negative short- and long-term consequences including capture myopathy, impacts to energetics, behavior, and entanglement risk. We identify 15 best practice recommendations for the use of ETDs with pinnipeds that address experimental justification, animal capture, tag design, tag attachment, effects assessments, preparation, and reporting. Continued improvement of best practices is critical within the framework of the Three Rs (Reduction, Refinement, Replacement); these best practice recommendations provide current guidance to mitigate known potential negative outcomes for individuals and local populations. These recommendations were developed specifically for pinnipeds; however, they may also be applicable to studies of other marine taxa. We conclude with four desired future directions for the use of ETDs in technology development, validation studies, experimental designs and data sharing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biotelemetry, biologging, tagging, tracking, marine mammal, pinniped, animal welfare, reduction, refinement, replacement
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Animal Production
Research Field:Humane Animal Treatment
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Religion and Ethics
Objective Field:Bioethics
UTAS Author:Hindell, M (Professor Mark Hindell)
UTAS Author:Lea, M-A (Associate Professor Mary-Anne Lea)
UTAS Author:McMahon, CR (Dr Clive McMahon)
ID Code:135217
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-10-07
Last Modified:2019-11-13
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