Animal Welfare Act (1966) in US

And not a moment too soon, considering that our oceans are in crisis.
Heavy fishing, pollution, and climate change are all making life difficult for
the species that dwell in the sea. Populations of marine animals—fish,
mammals, reptiles, and birds—have declined by an average of 89 percent
from their historical highs. The latest generation of electronic tags are a
powerful weapon in the battle to keep wildlife healthy and thriving,
particularly for the marine biologists whose subjects are so slippery.
Between 2000 and 2009, for instance, a team of California scientists used a
slew of electronic tags to follow the movements of 1,791 marine animals from
23 different species. The venture, known as the Tagging of Pacific Predators
(TOPP) project, helped researchers discover new migration pathways and
marine hot spots—Goldilocks-like “just right” regions of the ocean where
many species converge.* “When we start to understand how animals use the
environment,” says Randy Kochevar, a marine biologist at Stanford
University who was one of the principal investigators of the TOPP program,
“it puts us in a much better position to make informed decisions about how to
manage and protect those populations.”


Author Since: November 30, 2020


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