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Understanding Southern Bluefin Tuna distribution changes through satellite tagging

The "Understanding Southern Bluefin Tuna distribution changes through satellite tagging" project brings significant benefits to the Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) industry. By deploying pop-up satellite tags (PSATs) on juvenile SBT in and around the Great Australian Bight, the project aims to understand the extent of their migration, residence, and behavior patterns, particularly surfacing rates. This data will help address uncertainties in the SBT ranching industry by providing insights into the distribution and habitat preferences of these fish, crucial for successful ranching operations. Additionally, the project tests and refines the deployment strategy for next-generation PSATs, contributing to future advancements in tag technology. The analysis of contemporary SBT data against historical archives, along with the examination of oceanographic conditions, enhances our understanding of SBT's habitat selection and potential drivers. Overall, the project improves knowledge and informs decision-making for the sustainable management and conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

Project date

28 Feb 2023-28 Feb 2026
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Principal investigator

Toby Patterson

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a co-funded partnership between its two stakeholders, the Australian Government and the …
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