The Northeast Ocean Data Portal, in coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, held an expert webinar about species movement maps on January 10, 2020. A recording of the webinar is now available for viewing below on this page and at The webinar slides are also available for download.

Species movement maps are based on data from tracking devices attached to individual animals such as birds, sea turtles, whales, seals, tuna, and sharks. Through satellite transmissions, GPS, VHF, and other technologies, the devices enable scientists to collect data on migratory pathways and other movements.

The purpose of the webinar was to introduce and demonstrate new movement information data products available on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic ocean data portals, learn from experts about additional movement information data products that could be added to the Portals in the near future, and gauge interest in a small working group focused on reviewing movement information data products across marine life taxa.

Participants included more than fifty experts from providers of species movement data products (US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center), and interested members of the NROC/MARCO marine life work groups.

New movement information data products are now available for diving birds and loggerhead sea turtles on the Northeast Ocean Data Portal.