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Understanding benthic, pelagic and air-borne ecosystem interactions in shallow coastal seas
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www.vliz.be/projects/westbanks

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Original title: Interacties tussen het benthische en pelagische ecosysteem in ondiepe kustzones en de effecten op de avifauna
Parent project: Science for a Sustainable Development, more
Reference no: SD/BN/01A; 1042
Acronym: WESTBANKS
Period: December 2006 till January 2011
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biodiversity; Birds (marine); Marine ecology; Marine invertebrates
Taxonomic terms: Abra alba (W. Wood, 1802) [WoRMS]; Alca torda Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Gyrodactylus von Nordmann, 1832 [WoRMS]; Lanice conchilega (Pallas, 1766) [WoRMS]; Melanitta nigra (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Mysella bidentata (Montagu, 1803) [WoRMS]; Nephtys hombergii Savigny in Lamarck, 1818 [WoRMS]; Podiceps cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas, 1770) [WoRMS]; Solea solea (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Sterna hirundo Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Sterna sandvicensis Latham, 1787 [WoRMS]; [WoRMS]
Geographical terms: ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast [Marine Regions]; ANE, Belgium, West coast [Marine Regions]

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Abstract:
The research project WestBanks builds on the expertise and knowledge about the structural and functional characteristics of the higher trophic levels (benthos, fish and birds) obtained in the recent years within the ‘Biodiversity-North Sea’ research networks financed by PPS Science Policy, Belgium. WestBanks will focus on the interactions between sediment, water and air at the ecosystem, species and population level. In order to maximize the integration of our results, we target a single area of the Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), the Western Coastal Banks area which is an important foraging area for seabirds; the area is also an important fishing and nursery ground for flatfish while the sediment in the area harbours a rich macrobenthic community. The structural characteristics of all size classes of the benthos of the area are very well known
The WestBanks proposal is divided over 4 work packages :

  1. Benthic-pelagic coupling,
  2. The role of dispersal for benthic organisms and demersal fish,
  3. Air-sea biotic coupling and
  4. Coordination, data management and valorization.

Datasets (11)  Top | Institutes | Publications 
  • Benthic diversity and ecosystem functioning: experiments February 2007/2008 - Westbanks, more
  • Benthic diversity and ecosystem functioning: experiments September 2007/ June 2008 - Westbanks, more
  • Benthic diversity and ecosystem functioning: fieldwork - Westbanks, more
  • Linking pelagic food web and its top predators: bird and prey fish sampling - Westbanks, more
  • Linking pelagic food web and its top predators: historical observations - Westbanks, more
  • Linking pelagic food web and its top predators: observations - Westbanks, more
  • Pelagic food web source and ecosystem functioning, more
  • Populationstructure and dispersal dynamics of Pomatoschistus minutus in Belgian Waters: 2006-2010 - Westbanks, more
  • Trophic interactions at the sediment-water interface: effect of Lanice conchilega on Solea solea - partly Westbanks, more
  • Trophic interactions at the sediment-water interface: effect of beam-trawling on Lanice (lab) - partly Westbanks, more
  • Trophic interactions at the sediment-water interface: effect of beam-trawling on Lanice and associated fauna - partly Westbanks, more

Publications (2)  Top | Institutes | Datasets 
  • Larmuseau, M.H.D.; Raeymaekers, J.A.M.; Ruddick, K.G.; Van Houdt, J.K.J.; Volckaert, F.A.M. (2009). To see in different seas: spatial variation in the rhodopsin gene of the sand goby (Pomatoschistus minutus). Mol. Ecol. 18(20): 4227-4239. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04331.x, more
  • Vanaverbeke, J.; Braeckman, U.; Cuveliers, E.L.; Courtens, W.; Huyse, T.; Lacroix, G.; Larmuseau, M.H.D.; Maes, G.E.; Provoost, P.; Rabaut, M.; Remerie, T.; Savina, M.; Soetaert, K.; Stienen, E.W.M.; Verstraete, H.; Volckaert, F.A.M.; Vincx, M. (2009). Understanding benthic, pelagic and airborne ecosystem interactions in shallow coastal seas. "Westbanks": Final Report Phase 1. Belgian Science Policy: Brussel. 46 pp., more

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