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

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).

Acoustic Tracking Array Platform Postdoctoral Fellowship (2023‒2024)

The Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP) has a 50% postdoctoral position available for 2023 and 2024. The position is based in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, and is only open to South African citizens.

For more information, contact Dr Taryn Murray (ATAP Instrument Scientist and manager) at

If interested, please send a cover letter as to your suitability and a copy of your CV.

Please see the attached advert for more details.

Closing date: Friday, 3rd February 2023.

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