ACOUSTIC RECEIVERS (ATAP) DEPLOYMENT

May 27, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust

Over the weekend scientists from the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, in collaboration with the Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP), replaced several acoustic receivers in the Gansbaai area.

On Saturday afternoon Alison Towner, Ralph Watson and Toby Rogers went out on Lwazi, with skipper Francois Swart, and several Marine Dynamics Academy intern and volunteers, to recover three acoustic receivers near Dyer Island. These receivers hold valuable data on marine animals that have been tagged with acoustic transmitters, including white sharks, and can tell us a lot about how long they reside in an area, and where these animals go afterwards. These receivers are part of a large network around South Africa, under the auspices of ATAP. By collaborating with scientists around South Africa, we’re able to learn a lot about these animals not just within our area, but also around our entire coastline.