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Sunfish tagged with an X-Tag at Eastern Taiwan. Credits Tuna and Billfish Tagging Project in Taiwan

25.09.2018 Goniometer Finding sunfish’s pop-up Argos tag with Goniometer

The Tuna and Billfish Tagging Project in Taiwan uses Argos satellite telemetry pop-up tags to track pelagic species. A total of five tags were recently retrieved using Argos Goniometer, including three tags on amberjacks, one on a big-eye tuna and one on a sunfish. Two of them were found…
thresher shark

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers COLSHARK program: first satellite tagging of thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) in Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean

Armelle Jung’s presentation at the European User Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW) will focus on the pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus). It is one of the largest and most abundant open ocean predators in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP), and one of the most exploited shark in the sub-region. A.
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24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers New insights on porbeagle stock structure in the North East Atlantic from PSAT deployments

At the European User Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW), Gérard Biais, Ifremer, reports on the porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus), a large pelagic shark found throughout the North Atlantic. The state of the stock remains unknown in the North East Atlantic. However, presuming that this stock might be at risk,…

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers Silver Eel migration behaviour in the Mediterranean Sea

Although Mediterranean ecosystems such as coastal lagoons are known to be productive habitats providing numerous silver eels in short generation time, migration routes used by silver eels in the Mediterranean Sea have been poorly studied. Using pop-up satellite during escapement from coastal waters, Elsa Amilhat, of the Université de Perpignan,…
White-tailed sea Eagle in flight with a fish in the claws

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers The utility of Argos satellite tagging in monitoring a long-lived raptor: White-tailed Sea Eagle reintroduction to Ireland

Allan Mee, of the Golden Eagle Trust, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, presents his work reintroducing white-tailed sea eagles, at the European User Conference for Argos Wildlife (EUCAW). As he explains, white-tailed Sea Eagle (WTSE) Haliaeetus albicilla became extinct in Ireland in…
Tropical tuna tagging Uruguay-P.Miller-2017

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers The experiences of the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Programme

The Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Programme is a five year duration project funded by the EU (DG-DEVCO) and ICCAT signatory countries (CPCs). Its aim is to improve the management of the three main tropical tuna stocks (bigeye, skipjack and yellowfin) in the Atlantic using up-to-date population parameters, such as…
Arctic marine mammal

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers Unveiling the life of Arctic marine mammals through the use of satellite telemetry

Some of the most intriguing questions about migrations and natural behavior of marine mammals are focused around Arctic seals and whales. Animals that are widely dispersed in inaccessible areas and that only in brief seasons can be observed in their natural surroundings. Naturally these species have also been targeted by…

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers The RSPB and Argos – an overview of using satellite telemetry in scientific research

At the European User Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW), Nigel Butcher will discuss how the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has benefitted from the Argos tracking system. His work, although primarily focussed on species in the UK and UK Overseas Territory (UKOT’s), does…

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers Reporting on the work of Russian scientists in the Arctic using specialized Argos tags

Alexandre Salman, of ES-PAS, reports on the work of Russian scientists at the European User Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW). As he explains, since Argos instruments fly onboard polar-orbiting satellites, therefore, in Arctic zones, satellite passes are more frequent and scientists are able to transmit a higher…
Loggerhead turtle equipped with a satellite tag. Source: Miquel Gomila/SOCIB

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers Oceanographic Turtles: Integration of sea turtle tracking with ocean observing systems

At the European User Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW), David March will present the “Oceanographic Turtles” project which aims to provide the scientific basis to support the development of risk mitigation techniques based on new ocean observing and forecasting systems and contribute to the conservation of marine turtles. Argos satellite…
atlantic bluefin tuna

24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers Use of Argos data for fisheries management & conservation: ICCAT perspective

Francisco Alemany’s presentation at the European User’s Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW) will focus on the ICCAT Atlantic Wide Research Programme for Bluefin Tuna (ICCAT GBYP) started with electronic tag activities on Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in 2011, when the first few pop-up satellite tags were…
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24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers When deep diving seals help us to observe rapidly changing of polar oceans

At the European User Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW), Christophe Guinet’s presentation will focus on how polar seals are used to collect in-situ measurements of temperature, salinity, fluorescence and light along their paths during their dives and which complement and extend to deep depth satellite surface observations.
Sunfish tagged with an X-Tag at Eastern Taiwan. Credits Tuna and Billfish Tagging Project in Taiwan

19.09.2018 Animal tracking applications Sunfish, a giant mysterious animal in our oceans

Fisheries management is a touchy question all around the world. The many species exploited require quotas, seasonal or regional limitations on fishing in order to maintain stocks at renewable levels. Argos satellite telemetry enables better understanding of the behavior of underwater species, and thus makes it possible to decide on…
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11.09.2018 Animal tracking applications Unlocking the mysteries of the Arctic fox

The Argos satellite telemetry system made it possible for a team of researchers led by Dominique Berteaux from the University of Québec in Rimouski to better understand the behavior of the mysterious Arctic fox in Canada’s Nunavut region, as revealed in a recent article in Le Monde.

10.09.2018 Flash news The future of ARGOS satellite telemetry is Kinéis

For nearly 40 years, the international space agencies that manage the Argos system have been committed to technological advancements. Capitalizing on this long experience in state-of-the-art, innovative instrumentation, the French Space Agency, CNES, has invested in a new generation of Argos payloads, called Argos-4, that will fly…
A Lesser Kestrel in flight with an Argos PTT. (Credits Green Balkans)

21.08.2018 birds Lesser Kestrels back in Bulgaria

Endangered species can be locally so. The Lesser Kestrel, a small falcon, was all but extinct in Bulgaria. A project enabled to reintroduce the prey bird in this country, with satellite tagging and tracking of its migration, to understand the best way to protect it. The…
An Argos-tagged juvenile whale shark swims through the waters of Panaon Island, Southern Leyte (Credits LAMAVE).

31.07.2018 Animal tracking applications Whale sharks, big friendly giants of the ocean

Whale sharks are about the opposite of your archetypal shark. These gentle giants, the biggest fish in Earth’s oceans, are living on a steady diet of plankton (with the addition of small crustacean, fish and squids). There’s still a lot we don’t know about this wildlife marine species, though. Understanding…
Collared female with two cubs. (Credits A. Derocher)

24.07.2018 Animal tracking applications On the track of the polar bears

Polar bears live in a challenging environment for human beings, and getting close to them is not without dangers. Wildlife tracking using Argos PTTs has thus enabled us to know more about them. The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is heavily dependent on sea ice, since they feed on seals (ringed…

23.07.2018 Animal tracking applications Two tags on a shark: a world first

The french association APECS (Association for the Study and Conservation of Selachians) is a Brest association dedicated to the study and conservation of sharks and rays. The members of this association regularly use Argos tags to be able to follow the selected specimens to better understand their behavior. Last…

19.07.2018 Animal tracking applications News about the Rana turtle

Do you remember Rana? This is the turtle collected and treated for four years by the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. After his release and the few adventures to find the camera that filmed his first 24h of freedom, Rana has already traveled more than 300km. The Caouanne turtle…
Eurasian woodcock (credit Joseba Felix Tobar-Arbulu)

09.07.2018 Animal tracking applications Scolopax rusticola without frontiers

The Eurasian woodcock, Scolopax rusticola, is a very special bird as it is crepuscular. During the day, it rests in places where there is not much light.  Thus, this species was not very well known before the first tracking – in 2006, as before that the lightest Argos PPT was…

03.07.2018 Flash news The adventure of the turtle named Rana and her camera

Around the 21st of June, as part of an action led by the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Robert Calcagno, Damien Chevalier & Olivier Brunel released a sea turtle named Rana who had been receiving treatment for four years. To monitor its evolution an animal tracking system was set up…
An eel in the sea with a pop-up tag. Credits G. Simon, Perpignan University

27.06.2018 Animal tracking applications Eels become slightly less slippery thanks to Argos & goniometer

Eels are still nowadays a very mysterious fish species. To better know their swimming behaviour when leaving the European coasts, accelerometers are used in conjunction with Argos pop-up tags to estimate speed variations during vertical migrations and infer energy expense of eels leaving Europe to reproduce in the Sargasso Sea.
éléphant de mer avec une balise Argos (photo C. McMahon, IMOS/U. Sydney)

11.06.2018 Animal tracking applications Elephant seals diving for science

The marine animals living in the open ocean, and especially in the Southern Ocean, are among the ones which knowledge benefitted the most from Argos wildlife tracking. We discovered a lot about Southern Elephant seals, among those – depths of dive, paths followed, etc., all things completely unknown previously and…
Arctic fox (Credits A. Sokolov)

29.05.2018 Animal tracking applications Siberian Arctic fox on the move

Nowadays Arctic wildlife is often endangered by climate changes and human activities, and they are not always very well known. The arctic fox is a small animal, white in Winter, living around the Arctic circle. In Siberia it has been little studied for now, but miniaturization progresses make it possible…
Loggerhead turtle equipped with a satellite tag. Source: Miquel Gomila/SOCIB

15.05.2018 Animal tracking applications Tweeting Mediterranean Loggerhead turtles as oceanographers

Loggerhead turtle around Balearic Islands are equipped with Argos satellite tracking tags. Their data are used as oceanographic data source, and they also can be followed in real-time on Twitter, as a mean of raising awareness on the threats to this wildlife species and the way of helping protecting them.
EO4 Wildlife

04.05.2018 Animal tracking applications EO4 wildlife – Platform for wildlife monitoring integrating Copernicus and Argos data

In November 2017, a new version of the EO4wildlife platform was released to all partners. This version provide a wide new set of features such as access to new datasets, integration of new processing services, improvements on platform usability and on interoperability issues… On topic of metocean data, the ambition…

02.05.2018 Animal tracking applications How do lesser spotted eagles learn their migration routes?

Argos wildlife tracking helps to understand the best conditions for young lesser spotted eagles to survive their first migration. Using solar-powered tags, over 100 birds of different birth location and age have been followed since 2004 during their trip to Africa, to monitor the effects of translocating young birds to…
ActInSpace 2018

17.04.2018 Flash news Argos’ challenges for ActInSpace 2018

ActInSpace is an innovation contest (Hackathon) initiated by the French Space Agency (CNES) uniting over 60 cities across 5 continents. This international event aims to bring together entrepreneurs, students, developers, creatives… For 24 hours, teams will work on challenges proposed by various companies, with the support of business…
Return to sea of a tagged porbeagle with argos satellite

17.04.2018 Animal tracking applications Argos satellite system helps track porbeagle sharks

Porbeagle shark is a wildlife species which migrates long distances. Monitoring their movements is important to help protect them. Since they are permanently subaquatic, they are located using Argos pop-up satellite archival tags. The migration of nine porbeagle sharks have been monitored for several months and up to one year…