The European Tracking Network has launched a study on a multi-specific comparison of spatial ecology traits in marine fishes.

The purpose is to evaluate how relatively well-established notions hold true when tested with empirical data, such as the notion that territorial fishes have smaller home ranges than vagile fishes, or that pelagic fishes are more mobile than benthic fishes. Many of these assumptions, although untested, form the basis of spatially explicit management plans such as networks of marine protected areas.

The leaders of this study are seeking to increase the breadth and number of datasets relevant to this challenge. They’ve already collected a good number of collaborations, but would still like to increase both the number (for inter-regional comparisons of the same species) and breadth (for multispecific comparisons) of datasets.

They aim to submit this manuscript in Sue Barbieri’s editor special issue of Ecological Applications on ‘Using An Integrative Tracking approach to Assess Movements Important to Fisheries Management‘.

So, if you have acoustic telemetry datasets on (strictly) marine fishes that you think could integrate this study and are willing to join, please let Pedro Afonso ( and David Abecasis ( know about it ASAP and until the end of November.

The European Tracking Network is a pan-European initiative to integrate all aquatic animal tracking in one network, which is embedded in the international context of already existing initiatives. ETN aims to include all animal biotelemetry systems used in all aquatic environments in Europe.