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TAGGING

 

Satellite tracking technology to monitor the movements of sharks has only been used since the 1990s. Sharks will be humanely captured and fitted with satellite tracking tags which transmit stored GPS data to the ARGOS satellite system.

The satellite tags that will be used in the research cost between $1800 and $3500 US each but may be re-used once their attachment corrodes and the tag floats to the surface, or an animal is recaptured, depending on the type of tag used.

Other physical data during capture will be recorded, such as size and sex, and fin clips taken to determine genetic relatedness.

Finally, the sharks will be tagged with identifying ‘spaghetti' tag and then released.

 

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