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European eel acoustic telemetry dataset to assess eel movement behaviour
Citation
Verhelst, P; Coeck, J.; Moens, T; Reubens, J; (2017): European eel acoustic telemetry dataset to assess eel movement behaviour

Availability: Unrestricted after moratorium period
Data are initially restricted, but the access condition relaxes to academic or unrestricted once a specified period of time after an event (such as collection, publication, completion of QC procedures or project cessation) has elapsed

Description
European eel acoustic telemetry dataset to assess eel movement behaviour. Dataset gathered in the framework of PhD Pieterjan Verhelst. Acoustic tags of Vemco are used (69kHz). more

Estuaries and coastal areas are subject to anthropogenic activities, as the largest harbours and economic activities are located along river banks and close to shore. Known to have a high habitat diversity, estuaries and coastal areas play a key role in the life cycle of many organisms, including diadromous fish. As such, these areas can serve as transport routes, foraging or nursery areas. In order to conserve these areas in a cost-efficient and sustainable way, a better understanding of the ecosystem functions and services is needed. The Western Scheldt estuary and adjacent coastal area of Belgium are an important migration route and resident area for diadromous. We selected the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) as an economic important indicator species for diadromous fish species, to assess the importance of estuarine and coastal areas as a key habitat for this species. The results of this study will be useful for management measures for the conservation and restoration of the eel population.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Fish
Keywords:
Marine, Acoustic telemetry, Animal movements, Behavioural ecology, Tracking data, ANE, North Sea, ANE, Western Scheldt, Belgium, Scheldt, Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, Western Scheldt [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Scheldt [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2015 - 31 December 2018

Taxonomic coverage
Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Contributors
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creator
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Related datasets
Parent datasets:
ETN data: fish acoustic receiver network, more
LifeWatch observatory data: fish acoustic receiver network, more

Project
The importance of estuarine and coastal areas for the migration of fish and recovery of populations, more

Publication
Based on this dataset
Verhelst, P. et al. (2018). Downstream migration of European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) in an anthropogenically regulated freshwater system: Implications for management. Fish. Res. 199: 252-262. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.fishres.2017.10.018, more
Huisman, J. et al. (2016). Heading south or north: novel insights on European silver eel Anguilla anguilla migration in the North Sea. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 554: 257-262. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3354/meps11797, more
Verhelst, P. et al. (2018). Movement behaviour of large female yellow European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) in a freshwater polder area. Ecol. Freshw. Fish. 27(1): 471-480. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/eff.12362, more
Breine, J. et al. (2017). Successful external acoustic tagging of twaite shad Alosa fallax (Lacépède 1803). Fish. Res. 191: 36-40. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.fishres.2017.03.003, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Sensor platform
Metadatarecord created: 2017-11-24
Information last updated: 2020-10-20
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