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Welcome to the Baker Blue Ocean Site!

Darrin Baker on the bridge of his ship, the Island Venture 1, the host vessel of many of the Ocean Tracking Network’s (OTN – see oceantrackingnetwork.org for details on this global research project) tagging expeditions and other scientific outings in Atlantic Canada in recent years. Darrin Baker founded his company, Baker Blue Ocean, in response to the needs of OTN and other area scientists to rent qualified ships for research purposes. 

A pair of technicians securing a monitor on the seabed off the coast of South Africa, part of the Ocean Tracking Network array of monitoring devices. A lionfish keeps a careful eye on the proceedings. In this commonly used tracking system a long line of monitors are installed on the sea floor capable of identifying every tagged creature that passes overhead.
This is not a downed mini-jet, it is an Ocean Tracking Network Slocum Glider, a remote controlled, remotely programmable diving device designed to measure diverse ocean conditions. It is valuable in providing context for the ocean conditions (current, weather, etc) of tagged and tracked species.
The Island Venture 1 steams home after another day of research in Atlantic waters. Knowledge of the ocean populations, feeding habits and migratory paths of fish, aquatic mammals and other sea creatures gained in recent years through the use of sophisticated tagging and tracking techniques is of fundamental importance in establishing sustainable catches and otherwise safeguarding the health and viability of ocean life.
An Atlantic Salmon Kelt (a kelt is a salmon after spawning) plays out its last days on the gravelly bed of its natal stream. This fish was tagged in the Bras d’Or Lakes UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and later identified by a monitoring system set up at the stream mouth.
A double tagged grey seal lounges on the sunny shore of Sable Island, indifferent, it seems, to the GPS unit on its head and the VEMCO mobile transceiver on its back. The tracking units give researchers real time information on the seals’ location and movement interactions with other tagged animals. The tags are attached in July and recovered during mating season on Sable Island in January. Grey seals are found on both the North American and European Atlantic coasts, with the largest colony anywhere on Sable Island.
A research vessel on a tagging expedition cruises close to a blue shark in the waters off Nova Scotia. Scientists are seeking data on the sharks’ preferred hangouts, as well as their marathon migration patterns, commonly from Canadian waters to those off South America. The information collected can help gauge the blue sharks’ capacity to survive human predation: millions are killed annually for meat, leather and sport.


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