IMOS Animal Tracking Database

The IMOS Animal Tracking Database is a centralised passive acoustic telemetry repository maintained by the IMOS Animal Tracking Database ( and the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN, The data it contains were compiled from a nation-wide array of over 1,000 receivers and document movements of over 100 marine species within Australian coastal waters between 2007-present.

The IMOS Animal Tracking Database is one of eleven facilities of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). One of its main objectives is to oversee the development and maintenance of a national marine acoustic telemetry network and a public database for the Australian research community, thereby facilitating regional- to national-scale collaborative research and helping the management of Australia’s marine resources.

Researchers involved in the field of acoustic telemetry are encouraged to join the IMOS Animal Tracking community by sharing their tag and receiver data and metadata, thereby contributing to this critical national infrastructure and benefitting from automated email notifications when their tags are detected within the continent-wide network.


Acknowledging the IMOS Animal Tracking Database:

Any use of the acoustic telemetry data obtained through the IMOS Animal Tracking Database or the AODN Portal requires the following acknowledgement and citation:

In the Acknowledgments:
"Data was sourced from the Animal Tracking Database ( of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS, - IMOS is enabled by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It is operated by a consortium of institutions as an unincorporated joint venture, with the University of Tasmania as Lead Agent."

In the Reference List:
IMOS [year-of-data-download], Animal Tracking Database,, accessed [date-of-access].

Using data from the IMOS Animal Tracking Database:

For use of the contents of the IMOS Animal Tracking Database, the IMOS Animal Tracking Facility recommends adhering to the Recommended guidelines for using data sourced from the IMOS Animal Tracking Database.

Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB)

Rees, A.J.J., Yearsley, G.K., Gowlett-Holmes, K. and Pogonoski, J.
Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (on-line version).
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, World Wide Web electronic publication, 1999 onwards.
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IMOS Animal Tracking site
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