Tracking Real Time Movement of Marine Creatures Remotely
Monitoring the movements of marine creatures was definitely possible, but after tagging the GPS receiver to a fish, the researchers had to retrieve it back, in order to extract the collected data. This was rather cumbersome task, and rather too tedious realistically. However, with a new discovery this year, millions of dollars could be saved on fisheries, and the fishermen won’t have to blindly guess and wait for fishes to pass by. In turn, they’ll be able to tracks bigger fishes, sharks, tunas, whales and any marine creature for that matter.
The working principle of this real time GPS tracking system is quite straightforward. Once the GPS tracking device is tagged to the fish, satellite records its position and relevant data such as the time spent at that spot, whenever the fish comes to the surface and nearby areas.
Early testing, which was carried out on a massive sunfish, was pretty fruitful as the researchers could easily track its movements for almost two months.
The size of the device is a bit large to be fixed onto small fish. But, it is expected that the smaller devices will be designed and manufactured soon. This is going to be a great boon for fisheries and the fishing industry (for government as well as the private sector) .