(Updated March 3)

Saturday, 11 July

Glider workshop
            description TBD

Sunday, 12 July

10:00 a.m – noon — Ocean Tracking Network Data Workshop (Marta Mihoff, Jon Pye  |  Ocean Tracking Network)

Filter, summarize and visualize your data using the OTN Toolbox. Learn about and install the Ocean Tracking Network’s Sandbox Virtual Machine, and use the suite of tools it provides to analyze, filter, and visualize detection data. Use of the White-Mihoff False Filtering Tool, as well as a tool for creating interval data. New tools will be presented which build result sets from last year. These will identify cohort behavior and assist with mark-recapture studies. from detection data will be covered. Also, learn about OTN’s shared community software repository (GitLab).​

10:00 a.m – 2 p.m. — VEMCO acoustic telemetry workshop

The development and popularity of VEMCO’s VR2 automated acoustic receiver technology has significantly increased over the last several years. This technology is currently being used by biologists worldwide to assess movement patterns, behaviour, and site fidelity of fishes and invertebrates.

VEMCO staff will discuss several detailed technical issues related to this passive and active acoustic technology providing users with the tools to use the equipment effectively. Topics may include Understanding Single Frequency Telemetry, Equipment Overview and Representative Deployments, Code Maps & Worldwide Unique IDs, Data Rate and Collisions, Detection Performance & Range Limits, Vemco User Environment (VUE) Software, VR2W Positioning System (VPS), and New Product Developments.

Participants are encouraged to help us explore problems regarding deployment methods, experimental design, identification of unknown codes, data management, handling and analysis.

10:00 a.m – 2 p.m. — Wildlife Computers workshop

description TBD

Friday, 17 July

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Tropical telemetry fish workshop (Lisiane Hahn  |  Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil)

Telemetry techniques have been widely applied to fisheries research in temperate regions since the 1970s, but relatively few studies have been performed in tropical rivers and estuaries. Many obstacles has to be overcome, given the diversity of fish and the many unknowns associated with fish biology and natural history coupled with the difficulties associated with working in large and relatively remote areas. The Tropical Telemetry Fish Workshop will discuss the challenges in working in tropical regions and the novel results about fish movements in tropical rivers and estuaries. Lunch provided.

1:00 – 5 p.m. — Modelling of animal movement (Dr. Joanna Mills Flemming, Jon Pye, Dr. Marie Auger-Methe, and Kim Whoriskey  |  Ocean Tracking Network)

Introduction to the R-package Template Model Builder (TMB) and demonstration of its utility for analyzing complex animal movement data. Participants will be able to build analytical skills in a hands-on environment with help from experienced TMB-users. After a concise introduction to TMB, work through a spatial analysis of VPS data for answering biological/ecological questions of interest. All interested researchers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about TMB in a stress-free environment.  Lunch provided.



Sunday, 12 July

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. — OTN Futures Panel (Summit Suite, WTCC*)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. — HQP Poster Session (Rm 100, WTCC)
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. — Opening Reception and registration (Summit Suite, WTCC) Light catering provided

* WTCC = Word Trade & Convention Centre

Monday, 13 July

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. — Lobster Dinner and Cèilidh (Murphy’s the Cable Wharf)

Tuesday, 14 July

6:00 – 9:30 p.m. — Poster Session (Ballroom, WTCC) Light catering provided

Wednesday, 15 July

All day (departure times TBD) — Visit to the historic village of Lunenburg, A UNESCO World Heritage Site (whale watching and walking tour optional)
7 p.m. — Public lecture: sharks (description and location TBD)

Thursday, 16 July

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. — 3rd ICFT Gala Dinner (Citadel Hill, National Historic Site)



Reach a focused audience of expert international marine and aquatic animal trackers, oceanographers, and their students. Forge new partnerships or strengthen current relationships with face-to-face opportunities. Demonstrate your products and services to researchers with buying power or discover the needs of your customer base.

The 3rd ICFT gathers leaders in the global fish and aquatic animal-telemetry community to present the latest research and findings.

Hosted for the first time in North America, the 3rd ICFT is expected to draw the largest delegation of marine and aquatic researchers to date with attendees from Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa, Europe and more.

The bi-annual ICFT is an intimate conference that promises to be highly interactive with a focus on fun, informal events towards strengthening partnerships and building new collaborations.

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