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MEP-NSW Demersal fish

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The main purpose of this sampling was to study the effects of the OWEZ windpark on the demersal fish community. Because before installation of the windfarm the main fisheries activity in the area was bottom trawling, it is expected that exclusion of fisheries in the wind farm has the largest effect on the demersal fish community. more

The wind farm and its safety zone could function as a refugium for these species. If the area functions as a refugium this could be the case for a large number of demersal fish species that occur in the Dutch coastal zone. Owing to this a positive effect of the wind farm on the demersal fish community was expected. The fisheries that occurred in the area targeted larger fish, therefore fisheries mortality was higher on the larger fish. By excluding fisheries in the farm it was expected to change the size distribution in the farm and by that the age distribution of the fish populations. A Hydrolab minisonde, attached to the net, was used for continuous CTD measurements.

Biology > Fish, Biology > Invertebrates
Marine, Netherlands, North Sea, Actinopterygii, Bivalvia, Cephalopoda, , Echinodermata, Gastropoda, Malacostraca

Geographical coverage
Netherlands, North Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2011 - 31 December 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Actinopterygii [WoRMS]
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Cephalopoda [WoRMS]
Echinodermata [WoRMS]
Gastropoda [WoRMS]
Malacostraca [WoRMS]

Macrobenthic species

Deltares, moredata creator
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu; Rijkswaterstaat; Water, Verkeer en Leefomgeving (WVL), moredata creator

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
MEP-NSW Fish community: Fish community surveys for the Monitoring and Evaluation Programme of the North Sea OWEZ wind park between 2003 and 2011, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2018-07-31
Information last updated: 2020-01-23
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