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Table of Contents: The POST Collection

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The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) Program seeks to advance understanding of the movement and behavior of marine animals through the use of a large-scale acoustic telemetry and data management system. The telemetry system is composed of highly efficient lines of acoustic receivers that compartmentalize sections of the continental shelf along most of the Pacific coast of North America. Documenting movement patterns across the receiver array allows researchers to track animals, estimate parameters such as swimming speed and mortality, and correlate routes to environmental conditions encountered along the way. The data provide insight into how animals make use of the dynamic ecosystems they transit.

The POST system works seamlessly through fresh- and saltwater, ideal for the study of diadromous species such as salmon and sturgeon. However, the application of POST is only limited by the imagination and needs of scientists. Information on the movements of a wide variety of marine species—including squid, sharks, rockfish and lingcod—have been revealed using the POST array. As the technology becomes smaller and more advanced, we will benefit from an even greater knowledge of where marine animals travel.

This collection of papers provides a sample of the diversity of studies that can be conducted when an existing technological infrastructure such as POST is available and easily accessible to researchers. The results obtained reflect the power of an array that provides a scope far greater than that available to a single individual or research group. Where POST was inspired by and contributed to the ambitious Census of Marine Life effort, we hope this collection will stimulate innovative uses of POST and ultimately improve the conservation and stewardship of marine resources in every ocean.

Articles are presented in order of publication date and new POST-related articles will be added to the collection as they are published.

Collection Citation: The POST Collection (2010) PLoS Collections: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/issue.pcol.v01.i05

Overview

Synopsis

Review

A Synthesis of Tagging Studies Examining the Behaviour and Survival of Anadromous Salmonids in Marine Environments

S. Matthew Drenner, Timothy D. Clark, Charlotte K. Whitney, Eduardo G. Martins, Steven J. Cooke, Scott G. Hinch

Research Articles

Research Tools to Investigate Movements, Migrations, and Life History of Sturgeons (Acipenseridae), with an Emphasis on Marine-Oriented Populations

Troy C. Nelson, Phaedra Doukakis, Steven T. Lindley, Andrea D. Schreier, Joseph E. Hightower, Larry R. Hildebrand, Rebecca E. Whitlock, Molly A. H. Webb

Early Marine Migration Patterns of Wild Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki), Steelhead Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and Their Hybrids

Megan E. Moore, Fred A. Goetz, Donald M. Van Doornik, Eugene P. Tezak, Thomas P. Quinn, Jose J. Reyes-Tomassini, Barry A. Berejikian

Seasonal and Ontogenetic Changes in Movement Patterns of Sixgill Sharks

Kelly S. Andrews, Greg D. Williams, Phillip S. Levin

Recent Salmon Declines: A Result of Lost Feeding Opportunities Due to Bad Timing?

Cedar M. Chittenden, Jenny L. A. Jensen, David Ewart, Shannon Anderson, Shannon Balfry, Elan Downey, Alexandra Eaves, Sonja Saksida, Brian Smith, Stephen Vincent, David Welch, R. Scott McKinley

Genetic versus Rearing-Environment Effects on Phenotype: Hatchery and Natural Rearing Effects on Hatchery- and Wild-Born Coho Salmon

Cedar M. Chittenden, Carlo A. Biagi, Jan Grimsrud Davidsen, Anette Grimsrud Davidsen, Hidehiro Kondo, Allison McKnight, Ole-Petter Pedersen, Peter A. Raven, Audun H. Rikardsen, J. Mark Shrimpton, Brett Zuehlke, R. Scott McKinley, Robert H. Devlin

Survival of Migrating Salmon Smolts in Large Rivers With and Without Dams

David W Welch, Erin L Rechisky, Michael C Melnychuk, Aswea D Porter, Carl J Walters, Shaun Clements, Benjamin J Clemens, R. Scott McKinley, Carl Schreck

Correction

Correction: Survival of Migrating Salmon Smolts in Large Rivers With and Without Dams

David W Welch, Erin L Rechisky, Michael C Melnychuk, Aswea D Porter, Carl J Walters, Shaun Clements, Benjamin J Clemens, R. Scott McKinley, Carl Schreck