Comparison of detection efficiency among three sizes of half duplex passive integrated transponders using manual tracking and fixed antenna arrays

Nicholas J. Burnett, Keith M. Stamplecoskie, Jason Thiem, Steven J. Cooke

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    Abstract

    We compared detection efficiency for three lengths (12, 23 and 32 mm) of half-duplex (HDX) passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags for both manual tracking and fixed array applications. In a stream we used a wand-type manual tracking antenna and determined that detection efficiency was considerably influenced by tag size (i.e., 20% for 12 mm, 43% for 23 mm, and 81% for 32 mm) and water depth. Vertical and horizontal read range also varied among tag sizes (lower for smaller tags) and orientation (12-mm and 23-mm tags oriented perpendicularly failed to read in the horizontal test). Using a fixed PIT array, we also compared the detection efficiency of the same three sizes of PIT tags in Shorthead Redhorse Moxostoma macrolepidotum released into a fishway. Again, detection efficiency increased with tag size: 12 mm = 55.8 ± 9.2% (mean ± SE), 23 mm = 91.0 ± 1.8%, and 32 mm = 97.0 ± 1.5%. When using PIT telemetry on smaller fish species and/or life stages, we suggest that researchers consider the tag size, as the diminished detection efficiency of 12-mm tags could introduce a bias and impede the ability to address some research questions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-13
    Number of pages7
    JournalNorth American Journal of Fisheries Management
    Volume33
    Issue number1
    Early online dateDec 2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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