A HMM-based model to geolocate pelagic fish from high-resolution individual temperature and depth histories: European sea bass as a case study

Type Article
Date 2016-02
Language English
Author(s) Woillez MathieuORCID1, Fablet Ronan2, Tran-Thanh Ngo 1, 3, Lalire Maxime1, 4, Lazure PascalORCID5, de Pontual HeleneORCID1
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Sci & Technol Halieut, CS 10070, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Inst Telecom Telecom Bretagne, LabSTICC, UMR 6285, CS 83818, F-29238 Brest 3, France.
3 : Univ Strasbourg, ICube, UMR 7357, BP 10413, F-67412 Illkirch Graffenstaden, France.
4 : CLS, Space Oceanog Div, 8-10 Rue Hermes, F-31520 Ramonville St Agne, France.
5 : IFREMER, Lab Phys Hydrodynam & Sedimentaire, CS 10070, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Source Ecological Modelling (0304-3800) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2016-02 , Vol. 321 , P. 10-22
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.10.024
WOS© Times Cited 18
Keyword(s) Fish movement, Archival tagging, Migration, Population structure, Hidden Markov Model (HMM), State-space model
Abstract Numerous methods have been developed to geolocate fish from data storage tags. Whereas demersal species have been tracked using tide-driven geolocation models, pelagic species which undertake extensive migrations have been mainly tracked using light-based models. Here, we present a new HMM-based model that infers pelagic fish positions from the sole use of high-resolution temperature and depth histories. A key contribution of our framework lies in model parameter inference (diffusion coefficient and noise parameters with respect to the reference geophysical fields—satellite SST and temperatures derived from the MARS3D hydrodynamic model), which improves model robustness. As a case study, we consider long time series of data storage tags (DSTs) deployed on European sea bass for which individual migration tracks are reconstructed for the first time. We performed a sensitivity analysis on synthetic and real data in order to assess the robustness of the reconstructed tracks with respect to model parameters, chosen reference geophysical fields and the knowledge of fish recapture position. Model assumptions and future directions are discussed. Finally, our model opens new avenues for the reconstruction and analysis of migratory patterns of many other pelagic species in relatively contrasted geophysical environments
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