Cowley preparing equipment to be deployed at sea Biofouling on an estuarine receiver Bull shark ready to be tagged (Photo: Ryan Daly)
Carrie Pretorius with a juvenile bull shark Alison Kock and Adam Barnett preparing equipment for deployment Deploying in Great Fish Estuary

The Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP) is a collaborative marine science programme, which aims to provide a service to the greater marine science community by monitoring the movements and migrations of inshore marine animals. The platform comprises an expanded network of automated datalogging acoustic receivers that are moored to the ocean’s floor around the South African coastline.

The Canadian-based global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) project has provided much of the acoustic telemetry hardware. Since the launch of the OTN project in South Africa in August 2011, acoustic receivers have been deployed at monitoring sites from Cape Point to Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique. Receivers have also been deployed in selected estuaries to facilitate studies on habitat connectivity of estuarine associated animals. The national network of receivers is maintained by SAIAB and its local collaborating partners, and the data uploaded are stored on a national database.

The metadata on tagged animals is shared information to ensure that any data collected on the ATAP network or any other privately owned receiver is made available to the researcher concerned (i.e. data owner).

ATAP/SOSF Call for Proposals 2022

Aims and activities, current research and expected outcomes

The Nationwide ATAP Receiver Network

Funding and research partnerships 

ATAP Status report 2011-2014

ATAP Annual Report - 2021