Newsletter // Issue 4 // May 2011 // 

New version of geolocator - For bird migration studies!

 Star-Oddi has entered the ornithology market with its new geolocator. The product DST bird measures temperature and light but additional sensors will be added in the future. DST bird can now be programmed by the user with start date & time and sampling intervals. After recapture of the bird, the data is downloaded wirelessly into a PC computer.

Its small size is ideal for birds, the memory can store 52,000 measurements and battery life is ca. 355 days. Data resolution is 10 bits (2 lux for light), light accuracy is better than +/-25 lux and temperature accuracy is better than +/-0.5°C. Data is uploaded into the SeaStar software for further analysis. For data processing we offer PatternFinder analysis software or you can import the data into your own software.

DST bird is already being used by scientists, and deliveries of the gelocator will start this month. The geolocators are mainly used for behavioral studies and to better understand the movements and habitats of small birds. Light and temperature information from the tag can be used for geolocation and finding migration routes of birds. Data from tags can be compared to existing weather data indicating bird locations at different times, even for birds that migrate over long distances.

Click on the link for information about DST bird



FishCall: A new technique for catching fish!

The Star-Oddi FishCall could one day become a significant part of global fisheries, fitting between traditional catching and aquaculture.

As discussed in our October 2010 Newsletter the FishCall has been successfully used in a study where cod was trained to respond to an acoustic sound at very low frequency. The trained fish was attracted to the sound source and school of fish followed. FishCall sound sources is an economical and environmentally friendly fishing method of catching wild fish into cages.

Nature magazine published an article on the subject in its April issue. The article is also accessible from their website. Click on the link to read the article in Nature.



Distributor of the month: Fisheries Resource Surveys

Our distributor of the month is Fisheries Resource Surveys. Fisheries resource Surveys cc. (FRS) is a close corporation company based in Cape Town, South Africa, and specialises in advising on and conducting acoustic and trawl surveys both locally and internationally. As part of an expansion program, FRS has also acquired a number of agencies for high-end oceanographic monitoring equipment and has been collaborating with Star-Oddi in this role since October 2007.

UTR deployment locations and data from the South and East African coast can be seen at http://www.cfoo.co.za/wiocos.php

Star-Oddi would like to thank Fisheries Resource Surveys for their dedicated work through the years and looks forward to continued collaboration.


New conductivity range for DST CTD and DST CT

Star-Oddi now offers a new conductivity range for the DST CTD and the DST CT. The new range measures conductivity between 0.5-8 mS/cm. Conductivity resolution is 5 µS/cm and accuracy is +/- 0.5 mS/cm.

The low conductivity recorder is suitable for various studies such as the recording of fresh water influx in estuaries as well as in other studies where low conductivity recordings are required.




Star-Oddi Online

Now you can find product updates, video tutorials and general information about Star-Oddi on: 


             
                                                                 
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Great offers on ebay!

Star-Oddi will now be running special offers on eBay. There will be a variety of products for sale such as recorders*, software and starter kits (recorder + communication box/cable + Application software).                  

Click here to view our offers.

*Please note that as the recorders sold on eBay are "in stock" items we cannot guarantee full battery life and calibration accuracy may vary from the Technical specifications.

                   


New Wizards in SeaStar, Mercury and FoodStar

We have now added three new wizards to our application software's, Start Recorder, Retrieve Data and Quick Retrieve.

The wizards are designed to make it even easier to use the Star-Oddi recorders.

Users can download the new version of their application software on the Star-Oddi website

Data Storage Tags - DSTs

Star-Oddi has been manufacturing and developing DSTs since 1993. The data loggers are used for various studies, such as fish tagging, fishing gear studies and oceanography. You can find our whole product range here. The following sensors are available:


Eurovision: The biggest party of the year!

On May 14th most Icelanders were glued to their television sets when the 56th annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Düsseldorf, Germany. The contest is organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and was first held in Switzerland in 1956 with only seven participating countries. This year a total of 43 countries competed.

The competition’s format is quite simple, each country submits one song which is performed on live television. Because of the large number of participants the contest is split up into two semifinals and 10 countries from each semifinal qualify for the final. On the final night all of the countries cast their votes for their favorite song and the country that receives most votes wins the contest and holds the contest in the following year.

Although most of the participants are little known outside their homelands, world famous singers such as Celine Dion and Cliff Richards have competed for their countries in the past. Eurovision has also helped launch groups such as ABBA.

Eurovision has been hugely popular for many years in Iceland and the streets are usually empty on the night of the competition. Iceland has never won the competition since its first entry in 1986, but it has come second two times, in 1999 and 2009. The representatives for Iceland this year was the band Sjonni’s Friends who performed the song Coming Home.


 

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