Data storage tag

data storage tag (DST), also known as an archival tag , is a data logger that uses sensors to record data. Data storage tags usually have a large memory size and a long lifetime. Most archival tags are supported by the world. Permitted some tags are solar powered and allow the scientist to set their own interval; this battery can be used for significantly longer than battery-only powered tags.


Data storage tags can have a variety of sensors; temperature, depth, light, salinity , pressure, pitch and roll, GPS, magnetic and compass. [1] They can be used internally or externally in fish , marine animals [2] or research animals. They are also used in other industries such as food and beverage industry. [3]

At the end of the monitoring period, the loggers can be connected to a computer and the data uploaded for analysis. Data collection by data storage tags can be used to infer locations of the animal when it is at large. [4] [5] [6]


Archival tags archive data to internal memory. Once they are recovered by the researcher. The tag is generally mounted to the animal by inserting the tag, and sewing the opening closed. Externally attaches tags to animals by running anchor lines through the dorsal end for most “fish” species. For turtles the tag is the epoxied to the shell of the turtle. [7]

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Evelyn, is equipped with a satellite tag and SeaTag-GEO solar powered, geomagnetic tag

See also

  • Acoustic tag
  • Animal migration tracking
  • GIS and aquatic science
  • Pop-up satellite archival tag


  1. Jump up^ “FISHBIO Fish Marking” . .
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  3. Jump up^ “Fish tags & animals tags for oceanographic and freshwater research – Star-Oddi” . .
  4. Jump up^ Metcalfe, JD; Arnold, GP (1997-06-12). “Tracking fish with electronic tags” . Nature . 387 (6634): 665-666. doi : 10.1038 / 42622 . ISSN  0028-0836 . Retrieved 2015-09-17 .
  5. Jump up^ Pedersen, MW; Righton, D .; Thygesen, UH; Andersen, KH; Madsen, H. (2008). “Geolocation of North Sea cod (Gadus morhua) using hidden Markov models and behavioral switching”. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences . 65 (11): 2367-2377. doi : 10.1139 / f08-144 .
  6. Jump up^ Righton, David; Mills, CraigM. (2008). “Reconstructing the movements of free-ranging demersal fish in the North Sea: a data-matching and simulation method”. Marine Biology . 153 (4): 507-521. doi : 10.1007 / s00227-007-0818-6 . ISSN  0025-3162 .
  7. Jump up^ “TAG ATTACHMENT METHODS” . .

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