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NEWSLETTER ISSUE 5/04 August 2004

Pioneering Tagging Cruise - Major Contribution to Sustainable Management of Fish Resources

In May 2004, the Marine Research Institute in Iceland was the first marine research institution in the world to take into use the pioneering DST GPS system in ocean environment, developed by Star-Oddi and Simrad Norway.   

The Marine Research Institute tagged 190 cods in Icelandic territorial waters with the DST GPS tags. The DST GPS tag stores the GPS code that is sent from a vessel in parallel with temperature and depth measurements in its memory. 

On recapture the tag can provide valuable information about migration routes, fish behavior and environmental parameters. Two cods have already been recaptured with the DST GPS tags. The two tags stored GPS codes that had been sent from a research vessel, verifying that this pioneering technology helps the scientists to understand the geographical distribution of the fish. The main objective with the research is to increase knowledge on fish migratory routes that will provide information for sustainable management of fish resources in the future. The DST GPS tagging system was developed in close cooperation with Institute of Marine Research in Norway and the Marine Research Institution in Iceland. 

For further information about the DST GPS system click here.

552 redfish tagged at depth 500-800 meters depth

In June 2004, the Marine Research Institute (MRI) in Iceland, along with a team of experts from Star-Oddi, tagged 552 redfish at depths from 500m to 800m, using the Underwater Tagging Equipment (UTE) made by Star-Oddi.

The tagging took place at the Reykjanes ridge, Iceland. According to MRI the purpose with this particular research is to investigate if there is mixing between Pelagic deep sea redfish on the Reykjanes ridge, Oceanic redfish and the Demersal deep sea redfish closer to the shore.  Four tagged redfish have already been recaptured from the cruise, providing valuable information on their migration routes.

The state of the art UTE opens new fields in fish research, enabling researchers to tag deepwater species that have not been previously tagged, and can not survive being brought to the surface. The tags will help scientists to learn more about the behavior of various fish species, and provide information on fish migration, distribution, feeding behavior, movements and stock assessment. Data from the tags will further provide valuable information for the management of the fishery resources and help with decision making. Both electronic tags (measuring temperature and depth), and dummy tags, can be used in the UTE.

New Product Release

Starmon 3D Tilt, For Measuring Equipment Orientation 

Star-Oddi has developed a new version in the Starmon series measuring the instrument position in 3D. Measurements are with reference to the earth gravity measuring as well temperature information. The instrument measures the amplitude of the gravity in three directions, x, y and z, giving the user information on amplitude in all of the three directions and thereby the instrument position.

The Starmon mini 3D recorder is designed for use in oceans or freshwater and to be used in harsh environment, fits into borholes and is ideal be attached to fishing gear. Starmon mini temperature recorders manufactured by Star-Oddi are known for high accuracy, reliability and long battery life.

The data can be processed and presented in graphs and in tabular form.  All measurements are time related.  Data can be exported into other data processing software packages.  Starmon mini has an all plastic housing that is robust and does not corrode in the sea.  For more extreme pressure the Starmon mini series is available in non-corrosive titanium housing (plastic 400m and titanium 11000m depth).

Temperature accuracy is +/-0.05°C. The temperature range is-2 to +40°C measuring range (Starmon mini 3D can also be calibrated for temperatures outside this range).

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Starmon mini Temperature Recorders: Accurate, reliable and robust temperature recorders with large memory size and long battery life for environmental studies.

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Upcoming Exhibititions!!

Meet Us in Wisconsin USA or in Vigo Spain

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) will convene its 134th Annual Meeting at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, from August 22nd through August 26th, 2004.

AFS website

ICES, Annual Science Conference 2004 in Vigo, Spain.

The 2004 ICES Annual Science Conference will be held in Centro Social Caixanova and Centro Cultural Caixanoval in Vigo, Spain, in two different meeting locations situated across from each other.

The conference will be from 22-25 September 2004.

ICES website

We invite you to meet us in our booth at the AFS meeting (booth No 316) or in our booth in Vigo.

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Our Product Series Include  

Data Storage Tags (DST): Small, economical and easy to use temperature, depth and salinity loggers. The DST series is suitable for tagging marine animals, mooring applications in oceans and freshwater, fishing gear studies and more.

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