Ocean Tracking Network (Cambridge Bay)

An acoustic array of 42 receivers was deployed in 2013 and then retrieved and redeployed in 2014. An additional 60 individual char were tagged in 2014, bringing the total number of tracked individuals to 120. In addition, CTD casts were conducted along systematic transects in the area in both 2013 and 2014 to link char migrations with physical variables.

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Fred Whoriskey oceantrackingnetwork@dal.ca (902) 494-4101

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Ocean Tracking Network (Dalhousie University)

Regular Member


Range: 68 to 70. CSV files can be retrieved from members.oceantrack.org/data/discovery/ACB.htm

Range: -109 to -105. CSV files can be retrieved from members.oceantrack.org/data/discovery/ACB.htm

Southeast portion of Victoria Island situated between Dease Strait and Queen Maud Gulf

Nearest Community
Cambridge Bay

Territory/ Province

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Hamlet Council: Municipality of Cambridge Bay www.cambridgebay.ca

Facility Type
Site for Observing/Monitoring

Research Hinterland
Coastal, Freshwater, Large River, Marine, Streams

Main Research Disciplines
Isotopic Chemistry, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Sociology, Traditional/Aboriginal Knowledge

Research History
OTN deployments in Canadian waters began in 2008 off Halifax. The first Arctic deployments were Frobisher Bay (2008; Arctic char) followed by Cumberland Sound (2010; Arctic skate, Greenland halibut, Greenland shark, ringed seal) and Lancaster Sound (Arctic cod, fourhorn sculpin, Greenland shark, sculpin, shorthorn sculpin), Scott Inlet (2012; Greenland halibut, Greenland shark) and Cambridge Bay (2013; Arctic char, lake trout) members.oceantrack.org/data/discovery/ARCTIC.htm

Current Projects
Arctic char in their northern distribution

OTN equipment is self-powered (on-board batteries)

Internet, Computer, Videoconferencing, Satellite

Local Transportation
Periodic missions using chartered assets to maintain OTN infrastructure in different parts of the Arctic.

Equipment Storage

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities

Dining/Kitchen Facilities

Laboratory Facilities

Fuel Availability

Research Requirements
Appropriate permits and animal care certifications must be obtained at the home institution of investigators using the OTN infrastructure.

Special Rules and Regulations
Data gathered by the OTN infrastructure will be made available to the broader scientific community after investigators have published their work, as per the terms of the OTN data policy. members.oceantrack.org/data/data-collection/otn-data-policy

Local External Resources
Cambridge Bay HTO, DFO

Nearest Medical Service

Safety Considerations
Marine Emergency Duties, First Aid

Use of the data recorded on the infrastructure is free of cost, following registration with the OTN (contact Susan Dufault: susan.dufault@dal.ca). Investigators typically pay the costs of tagging their target animals.

Other Information
OTN provides electronic telemetry (acoustic and satellite) infrastructure, and associated monitoring of oceanographic conditions, to track the movements and survival of marine animals and enable both to be linked to environmental conditions. Results from telemetry studies are used to guide fishery policy and management decisions (e.g., determination of fishery boundary lines), to identify critical habitat for marine species at risk, to assist in the planning of marine protected areas, and to provide fundamental information on the structure and function of Arctic aquatic systems.

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