Collaborative Networks


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Researchers know that many aquatic species travel vast distances over extended periods of time. Research conducted in a specific geographic area show that some species leave that area only to return again at a future date. But where did they go and why?

To learn the answers, many researchers have turned to collaborating with each other as species travel in and out of each other’s respective study areas. Because all VEMCO equipment works as a system, all VEMCO receivers can detect any VEMCO transmitter. It is this interoperability that has enabled researcher collaboration and its many advantages:

  • Access to over 35,000 VEMCO receivers deployed worldwide
  • Leveraging of each other’s arrays to enable studies to be conducted more economically
  • Sharing of data to learn more about the respective species being studied
  • Publishing of more relevant data and papers to allow more effective fisheries management


Ocean Tracking Network

IMOS Animal Tracking Facility

Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry
Observation System (GLATOS)

Atlantic Cooperative
Telemetry (ACT)

Florida Atlantic Coast
Telemetry (FACT) Array

Integrated Tracking of Aquatic Animals
in the Gulf of Mexico (iTAG)

Champlain Acoustic Telemetry
Observation System (CATOS)

California Fish Tracking
Consortium (CFTC)

Acoustic Tracking Array Platform
Texas Acoustic Array Network (TAAN)

Mid-Atlantic Acoustic Telemetry
Observation System (MATOS)

Pacific Ocean Shelf
Tracking Project (POST)


POST was created to monitor the movement of marine animals through an array of VEMCO listening stations set along the west coast of North America. As of September 2012, the POST network database and all remaining active collaborators have migrated to the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN).

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