Surgical insertions of transmitters and telemetry methods in fisheries research

American Journal of Veterinary Research
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Use of electronic transmitter and monitoring systems to track movements of aquatic animals has increased continuously since the inception of these systems in the mid-1950s. The purpose of the present report is to provide information about veterinary principles and their incorporation into surgical implantation procedures for fish. We also intend to provide insight into the unique challenges of field-based aquatic surgical studies. Within this context, 4 aspects of the process for surgical implantation of transmitters in fish (ie, handling, aseptic technique, anesthesia, and implantation) will be described. Effects of surgical insertion of transmitters (ie, tagging) and aspects of the surgical implantation process where collaboration and professional exchanges among nonveterinarian researchers and veterinarians may be most fruitful will be discussed. Although this report focuses on surgical implantation, the principles and protocols described here (other than incision and suture placement) are also applicable to studies that involve injection of transmitters into fish.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Surgical insertions of transmitters and telemetry methods in fisheries research
Series title American Journal of Veterinary Research
DOI 10.2460/ajvr.75.4.402
Volume 4
Issue 75
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher American Veterinary Medical Association
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 15 p.
First page 402
Last page 416
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N