tagging symposium logo Symposium on Tagging and Tracking Marine Fish with Electronic Devices
February 7-11, 2000
University of Hawaii, East-West Center,
Keoni Auditorium (in Jefferson Hall
on East-West Road, across Kennedy Theater)

sponsored by:
Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR),
Pelagic Fisheries Research Program (PFRP)

Contact: John Sibert, jsibert@soest.hawaii.edu,
or Dodie Lau, dlau@soest.hawaii.edu
this page updated Jan. 26, 2000

*Preliminary Program
*Symposium Location
*Trade Show information
*Organizing Committee
*Hotel accommodations
*About UH
*About Hawaii
Symposium Participants:
If you haven't already done so please let us know what a/v equipment you'll need for your presentation, and if you will be using the arranged bus shuttle.

Late registration payable on the first day, cash or check payable to "RCUH" only.


Marine fish are tagged and tracked with a suite of different electronic devices of varying degrees of sophistication. In the past 10-15 years, these devices yielded an impressive amount of information on the details of behavior and movement on different time and space scales. This symposium will provide an opportunity for scientists working in all areas of the Pacific Ocean, and from both sides of the Atlantic, to review the state of the art of electronic tagging and tracking. To examine the type and quality of information currently obtained and to identify future research challenges and tag developments.

This symposium will appeal to:

  • biologists currently using or considering the use of electronic tagging and tracking devices,
  • assessment scientists and fishery managers interested in improving stock assessment estimates through the inclusion of behavior,
  • fishery managers interested in creating more effective regulations,
  • engineers interested in developing and marketing new devices,
  • physical oceanographers interested in the possibility of using large marine animals as autonomous environmental samplers.
Preliminary Program preliminary program schedule info

Preliminary Program Schedule (PDF file, revised and posted 1/25/00)

Audio Visual Equipment available for Symposium (html file posted 1/24/00)

Presentations begin at 8:30 am each day (8:00 am registration on Monday). 30 minutes alloted per presentation must include time for questions and discussion. A "pau hana" (after work) reception will be held at the end of Monday's session. The tentative schedule for Wednesday consists of presentations in the morning, and field trips to marine labs in the afternoon. Vendor exhibits will be set up in the rear of the auditorium.

Results to Date. Electronic tagging and tracking devices have been applied to marine teleost and elasmobranch fish ranging in size and habitat from small demersal species to large pelagic species. Some of these studies have benefited from the use of multiple devices developed for other applications. The special section on "crossover" studies will highlight some of these innovative approaches. Results from the following general classes of devices will be presented:

  • Tracking with acoustic tags
  • Automated monitors
  • Geo-locating archival tags
  • Pop-off devices
  • Cross-over studies

Unresolved Problems. In spite of these impressive results, a number of serious problems persist. Recovery of data remains a serious impediment to the use of these devices on species with a low tag recovery rate. Satellite up-links have yet to deliver their full potential. Under what circumstances are "listening stations" a viable alternative? Accurate geolocation has proven elusive and we may have reached the limit of resolution of light-based algorithms. Can statistical methods improve the accuracy? Efficient management of the large amount of data generated by archival devices is challenging. Can geographic information systems help? How can the results from archival tagging be integrated with conventional tagging and tracking data? How does one distinguish between a remotely reporting tag that fails to report and a dead fish?

  • Remote recovery of data
  • Geolocation algorithms
  • Data management and GIS
  • Integration of results
  • Fish mortality vs. tag mortality

Future Developments. What are the next steps? How can these devices be improved? What is important to measure? How can we promote better use of the data? Is there any possibility to creation of data archives to assist in data analysis?

  • Applications from other fields
  • New sensors
  • Fish tracking data archive

Applications to Fishery Management. Data from large pelagic species has been useful in helping modelers refine stock assessment methods. How does knowledge of fish behavior improve fishery management?

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Symposium Location

The symposium will be held in the East-West Center's Imin Conference Center (Jefferson Hall) on the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus. This facility provides an intimate and informal setting for discussion in a lush tropical environment. Located on the university's upper campus the conference center is within walking distance of UH research libraries, dining facilities and the National Marine Fisheries Service's Honolulu Laboratory.

EWC Conference Center
EWC Imin Conference Center
Symposium Registration

Registration fee per participant is US$50 before December 3, 1999. Registration fee after the December 3 deadline will be US$75. Registration fees will be used to cover the costs of meeting room and exhibit space rentals, refreshments and publication of symposium proceedings.

*** Checks should be payable to "RCUH"
(instead of "Tagging Symposium")
and drawn on a US bank in US$ ***
Please complete the following registration form and mail both the form and payment to the address listed below.
(Adobe Acrobat Reader available for pdf files, see end of this page)

Symposium Registration Brochure (pdf format)

Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR)
Pelagic Fisheries Research Program (PFRP)
University of Hawaii
1000 Pope Road, MSB 312
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA
attn: John Sibert or Dodie Lau

Trade Show Information

Space will be made available to manufacturers of electronic devices to exhibit their latest products. Interested exhibitors should contact John Sibert for details. jsibert@soest.hawaii.edu

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Publication of Proceedings

Information for Authors, Kluwer Academic Publishers (PDF file posted 1/12/00),

Arrangements will be made to publish the proceedings in a special issue of Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. Abstracts will be circulated at the Symposium. Please send abstracts to John Sibert by December 3, 1999. Abstracts should be approximately 200 words and include the title of the paper and the names, addresses and affiliations of all authors.

Organizing Committee

John Sibert (Chair), University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
Geoff Arnold, CEFAS, Lowestoft, UK
Richard Brill, National Marine Fisheries Service, Honolulu, USA
Laurent Dagorn, IRD, Montpellier, FR
John Gunn, CSIRO, Hobart, AUST
Kim Holland, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
Molly Lutcavage, New England Aquarium, Boston, USA

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Hotel Arrangements shuttle info

Program organizers are looking into arrangements for a free daily shuttle for tagging symposium participants. Morning pickup and afternoon dropoff between the Waikiki Terrace Hotel and the UH campus. Symposium participants not staying at the Waikiki Terrace would be welcome to use the shuttle but they must catch the shuttle from the Waikiki Terrace Hotel. Since on-campus parking is limited ($3/day) participants are encouraged to use the shuttle service.

Preliminary bus shuttle schedule (PDF file posted 1/24/00)

A block of rooms has been reserved at a special reduced rate (US$82 per room + tax) for symposium participants at the Waikiki Terrace Hotel in Waikiki, about 3 miles from the UH campus. The Waikiki Terrace is located near the west (ewa) entrance to Waikiki overlooking Fort DeRussy Park and near some of Honolulu's nicer restaurants.

*** As of January 24, the Waikiki Terrace is completely booked up. ***
Hotel rooms are still available with an affiliated hotel, the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, located at 150 Kalakaua Avenue (about 1 mile away from the Waikiki Terrace). Participants needing room reservations should email Dodie Lau, dlau@soest.hawaii.edu for further information. Because of the Pro Bowl football game on February 6, hotel rooms are filling up for this time period.

Reservations must be made directly with the Waikiki Terrace reservations office (Hawaii Reservations Center Corp.) and 2 nights deposit is required. In order to qualify for this special rate, reservations must be made by December 22, 1999. Please mention that you are with the "UH Tagging Symposium Group".

A pdf file of the hotel registration form is available:
Waikiki Terrace Hotel registration form (pdf format)

Mail or fax reservation form to:
Hawaii Reservations Center Corp.
Attn: Group Department
1150 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 USA
Phone 800-367-5004 (toll free
FAX 800-477-2329 within US)
Phone 808-591-2235
FAX 808-596-0158
Hotel information:
Waikiki Terrace Hotel
2045 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 USA
Phone 808-955-6000
FAX 808-943-8555

Waikiki Terrace Hotel is part of the Castle Resorts & Hotels Group

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