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

Period: October 2014

Thesaurus terms: Conservation; Eels; Migration; Telemetry
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Institutes (2)  Top | Datasets 
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), more
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen; Vakgroep Toegepaste ecologie en milieubiologie; Laboratorium voor Milieutoxicologie en aquatische ecologie; Onderzoeksgroep Aquatische ecologie (AECO), more

Abstract
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.

Datasets (2)  Top | Institutes 
  • 2015_PHD_VERHELST_COD - Acoustic telemetry data for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Scheldt estuary and southern North Sea (Belgium), more
  • 2015_PHD_VERHELST_EEL - Acoustic telemetry data for European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in the Scheldt estuary and southern North Sea (Belgium), more

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