United Nations
Building the knowledge base for global ocean resource management
by Ocean Tracking Network (Academic institution)
Fish stocks have been vastly depleted worldwide due to the direct effects of fishing, and the indirect effects of other anthropogenic impacts upon fishes and their habitats. Many valued species have been driven to commercial extinction. If human-related impacts are not understood and managed, serious consequences will result for the ecological health of the Earths oceans, coastal communities, global food security, and the many other benefits humans derive from the ocean. Enhanced global research and management partnerships are required across sectors and geopolitical boundaries for successful future ocean management. The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a global research, technology, data management and partnership platform committed to advancing scientific knowledge of the worlds ecologically, culturally, and commercially important aquatic animals to ensure their conservation and sustainable management.

OTN is committing to providing the technology, data infrastructure and logistical support to use electronic telemetry to document the movements, survival, intra- and interspecific interactions, and habitat use (including occupancy of marine protected areas) of free-ranging at-risk and valued species of marine life. The work is done in collaboration with a growing number of international collaborators, making the work cost effective and ensuring that local knowledge needs are addressed. OTN will also operate its fleet of autonomous marine vehicles to sample oceanographic conditions in its North Atlantic and North Pacific Ocean areas of operation, contributing the data to researchers working on animal tracking, climate change, weather and storm forecasting, and oceanography. Access to the data and resources of the OTN will be provided free of charge to registered users.
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
December /2022
Documentation of the timing and geographic distribution of movement pathways and habitat use for valued marine species
December 2017
Expansion of current telemetry networks and capacity to develop coastal nations in service of national needs
December 2022
Knowledge of the responses of different species from differing ecosystems to environmental and other stressors such as climate change, human exploitation, and biodiversity loss
December 2022
Climate-grade oceanographic monitoring data from autonomous vehicles operating in the temperate and sub-Arctic regions off Canadas coast.
Financing (in USD)
15,500,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 April - 2023 March
111 participating research and academic institutions worldwide
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Fred Whoriskey, Executive Director, Ocean Tracking Network, fwhoriskey@dal.ca,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Other SDGs
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