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World Oceans Day 2014: Science Happening

On Friday evening, 6 June 2014, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) celebrates World Oceans Day - a day recognised by the United Nations to call attention to the coasts, seas and ocean - by organising a Science Happening.  Find out what you always wanted to know about the weather at the coast, seafood and seabird migration and enjoy the lectures (in Dutch) and side events in CC De Grote Post in Ostend.


19:30    Registration

20:00    Scoop new Zeekrant 2014
Jan Mees – director Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

20:10    Weather at sea
Fritz Buyl – meteorologist Oceanographic Meteorology Station (OMS)

Belgium has a pronounced maritime climate that is strongly influenced by the proximity of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This maritime climate is noticeable far inland. Yet the weather at the coast and inland differ that much, a separate coastal weather forcast needs to be made.

20:40    Seabirds, heroes of the airspace
Eric Stienen – seabird expert Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)

The world record holder for long-distance migration is a seabird. During their whole life cycle Arctic terns - barely 100 grams heavy - fly up twice the distance from here to the moon and back... Also sea gulls in Flanders are particularly resourceful and well equipped. They easily know how to trace food: from fish, over waste, crisp and earthworms. This and many more exciting new knowledge we have due in part to innovative transmitter technology.

21:10    Seafood from aquaculture: the future?
Patrick Sorgeloos – world authority Ghent University

Seafood consumption is steadily rising all over the world, while the wild fish stocks reached their limits. Nowadays half of the seafood production already originates from aquaculture. Only a few decades old - and having gone through many rookie mistakes - industrial aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector in the world. Scientific research, innovation and technology play an important role. Can these new developments alter the rather negative image of aquaculture effectively?

21:40    Side events

Interactieve demo’s, tastings, etc.


CC De Grote Post
Hendrik Serruyslaan 18a, 8400 Oostende


Registrion (free) by the digital registration form: