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MEPS - Vol. 433 - Feature article
Deploying a prototype pop-up tag with explosive release (insets) on an Indo-Pacific sailfish Istiophorus platypterus. Photos: Guy Harvey, Michael Domeier (insets)

Musyl MK, Domeier ML, Nasby-Lucas N, Brill RW, McNaughton LM, Swimmer JY, Lutcavage MS, Wilson SG, Galuardi B, Liddle JB


REVIEW: Performance of pop-up satellite archival tags


Pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) are used to chronicle or ‘archive’ the habitat preferences, horizontal and vertical movements, potential fishery interactions, and post-release mortality of pelagic animals. Use of PSATs is widespread in marine fisheries research, but lower-than-expected reporting rates, early detachment, and incomplete data return from Argos satellites remain problematic. Performance and success of PSAT applications can only be accurately predicted if the limitations of the tags are known. Musyl and co-workers identified specific risk factors to allow an unprecedented appraisal of PSAT performance and reliability and to provide a baseline to which future PSAT deployments can be compared. Continued monitoring of PSAT performance will greatly improve experimental designs.


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