by Matt Ogburn
The Atlantic Cooperative Telemetry (ACT) Network is a grassroots initiative of researchers on the Atlantic coast of North America facilitating the use of acoustic telemetry for science and natural resource management. On April 1, 2020, coordination and data management for the ACT Network was transferred to our lab. ACT Network activities include development and implementation of the next generation acoustic telemetry database, the ACT Network data portal. This database features improved data management and quality control, automated data sharing with other regional and global databases, and long-term data archiving. We also coordinate an annual network meeting, training sessions for data management and analysis, and social media and other outreach efforts. By working together, the ACT Network is increasing our knowledge of marine species and ecosystems and translating that information for the public and policy makers to support management and conservation. We're excited to be taking on this new role because much of the animal tracking work we do with the Movement of Life Initiative depends on collaborations with the ACT community.
More information on the ACT network can be found here: https://www.theactnetwork.com/
ACT Network data portal: https://matos.asascience.com/