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Offshore wind farms as productive sites for fishes?
Vandendriessche, S.; Reubens, J.; Derweduwen, J; Degraer, S.; Vincx, M. (2013). Offshore wind farms as productive sites for fishes?, in: Degraer, S. et al. (Ed.) Environmental impacts of offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea: Learning from the past to optimise future monitoring programmes. pp. 153-161
In: Degraer, S. et al. (Ed.) (2013). Environmental impacts of offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea: Learning from the past to optimise future monitoring programmes. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Marine Ecology and Management Section: Brussels. ISBN 978-90-9027-928-2. 239 pp., more

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  • Vandendriessche, S., more
  • Reubens, J., more
  • Derweduwen, J, more

Abstract
    Artificial hard substrates in the marine environment have an influence on the local fish community. The new environment may induce some costs or benefits for the fish populations. Since the local evolution of fish stocks and the value of wind farms as management tools completely depend on the extent of the artificial reef effects at the wind farms, it is essential to identify the processes at work. Consequently, community structure, reef ecology and behavioural ecology were investigated for a number of fish species present at the offshore wind farms. The results obtained were integrated and a viewpoint on attraction/production was formulated.

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