Pop-up Archival Transmitting tags (PAT tags, also known as PSATs) provide fisheries-independent information by allowing the remote recovery of data from non-surface-oriented marine animals. They are externally attached and release when certain criteria are met. Upon release, they float to the surface and transmit to the Argos satellite network.
Pop-up tags have been used to study animals such as tuna, sharks, marlin, swordfish, halibut, eels and sea turtles.
|Model||Tracking||Sensors||Sensor Data Archive||Transmitted Data Products||Life (days)||Length x Diameter (mm)||Weight (g)|
|Time Series||Dive Behavior||Haulout Behavior||Temperature||Mortality|
|MiniPAT-348||Geolocation, Argos (Pop-up)||Depth, Temp, Light||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||730||124 x 38||60|
|Survivorship PAT-355||Argos (Pop-up)||Depth, Temp, Light||✓||30||124 x 38||60|
|Mark Report PAT-300||Argos (Pop-up)||Temp, Tilt||730||121 x 23||31|
The MiniPAT tag can collect data for up to two years. However, a limited number of messages can be transmitted after pop-up before the battery expires. Consequently, longer deployments may require slower sampling rates, fewer channels sampled or duty-cycling. The sPAT tag has a fixed deployment time of 30 days.