ATAP Aims and Activities

Rigging equipment to be deployed Preparing to deploy in Mossel Bay ATAP receiver off Mozambique (Photo: Ryan Daly)
Divers inspecting ATAP receiver (Photo: Ryan Daly) Alogoa Bay receivers Retrieving receiver from the ACEP vessel uKwabelana

 ATAP aims and activities

  • To maintain a national registry of projects and their active transmitter identification codes. 
  • To service all deployed units and maintain a registry of receiver localities and their soak times. 
  • To integrate downloaded data on a national database. 
  • To integrate all local data on the global OTN database. 
  • To notify researchers when their data is uploaded from ATAP as well as from other privately owned receivers. 

Current research

Current research is focused on large predatory sharks and important coastal fishery species.

Promnent species (and number tagged) include: white sharks (85), dusky kob (60), leervis, spotted grunter and raggedtooth sharks (50), Zambezi sharks and sevengill cowsharks (40).

Expected outcomes

  • Improved knowledge on the spatial ecology of several conservation icon species.
  • Identification of the environmental and biological factors that trigger marine animal movements and migrations.
  • Provision of data for improved management of over-exploited fishery species.
  • Improved understanding of shared fishery stocks and movements of whale sharks and manta ray (tourism species) between South Africa
    and Mozambique.
  • Improved understanding of shark-human interactions and information to improve bather safety.
  • Improved understanding and accounting of climate change effects (e.g. sea temperature rise).