Introduction: Special Collection

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Marine Species, Ocean Governance, Marine Law


Canada and Australia might be described as “pushing the frontiers” of both tracking and protecting marine species at risk. The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), an international research and electronic tagging consortium involving more than 400 scientists from 19 countries and based at Dalhousie University in Canada, has facilitated the tracking of more than 80 marine species around the globe. The Australian Animal Telemetry and Monitoring System (AATAMS), part of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and led by the University of Tasmania, continues to track marine animal movements adjacent to the Australian mainland and also around the sub-Antarctic islands and as far south as the Antarctic continent. Canada and Australia are widely recognized as innovators in ocean law and policy, and both countries have developed “modern legislation” to provide for the listing and recovery of endangered and threatened species.