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By purchasing a product of the Sea&Science collection of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) you support the sea. The profit goes to coastal, marine and ocean research worldwide. More knowledge leads to better insights for a sustainable future. So you can continue to enjoy the sea!



Via the webshop shop.vliz.be.
You can order can be picked up at the reception of VLIZ, or we can send it as a package to your home address (shipping costs 6 EUR for Belgium, 15 EUR for abroad).
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  • 100% of the profit goes to the philanthropy of VLIZ with the sea as a good cause
  • 100% organic cotton
  • 100% fair trade


  • sweater (unisex - different sizes): 44 EUR
  • t-shirt (men / women - different sizes): 22 EUR; (children - 4-12 yr): 16 EUR
  • cotton bag: 5,5 EUR


T-shirts and sweaters are available with different illustrations: 

  • Lumpfish (black on grey)
  • Edible crab (black on grey)
  • Common starfish (black on grey)
  • Proud to be a marine scientist (white on marine blue)
  • Aquaholic (white on marine blue)
  • Vitamin Sea (white on marine blue)
  • Beaufort (white on marine blue)

Cotton bags are available with 4 illustrations

  • Lumpfish (black on white - large size)
  • Edible crab (black on white - large size)
  • Aquaholic (white on marine blue - medium size)
  • Vitamin Sea (white on marine blue - medium size)

More information about the animals in the illustrations:

Common starfish

Asterias rubens, the Common starfish, is an abundant species on the Belgian coast. The species often washes ashore and lives on both hard substrata and sandy sediments along the coast and in deeper water.The Common starfish is basically orange, the lower surface is lighter. The body has five arms, broad at the base, tapering. The lower surface of the arms have small tube feet used in locomotion, but which are also used for feeding e.g. on mussels. The skin is rough with bumps (papulae) and spines. The diameter of a starfish is on average 10 to 30 cm, but it can grow to a maximum size of 50 cm.

The illustration of the Common starfish used on VLIZ-products is from the hand of Toni Hargreaves and is published in the 'Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-west Europe' by the authors Hayward, P.J. en Ryland, J.S. Oxford University Press gave VLIZ the permission to use this illustration in the framework of 'The Sea as a Good Cause', the philanthropy work of VLIZ. The handbook can be consulted at the VLIZ library.


Cyclopterus lumpus, the lumpfish, is one of the around 100 bony fish that live in the Belgian part of the North Sea. It has a very clumsy appearance and is about 40 cm in size. In spawning times (reproductive period) females become green-blue in color and males orange. At the belly they have a suction disk (by fusion of the pelvic fins) with which they can attach strongly to rocks or other surfaces. Eggs are deposited in shallow waters, often in the presence of algae. The male guards the nest and provides the eggs with oxygen by ventilating it with his fins. Young lumpfish are turquoise in color. They are often found near floating seaweed packs. In northern Europe the lumpfish is fished because of the eggs, which are sold as fake caviar.

The drawing of the lumpfish used on VLIZ-products comes from the book 'Poissons marins' of the Belgian scientist Max Poll. The publication dates from 1947 and was issued by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The book is present in the VLIZ library.

Edible crab

Cancer pagurus, the edible crab, has a reddish-brown colored carapax and black claw pincers. This robust crab can grow up to 30 cm in width. It is a common species in the Belgian part of the North Sea, where another 70 other crab species live. When caught and placed its the back this crab stays motionless with the legs bent inwards. Crabs grow in steps, by molting. They shed off their old, too small armor while a new, soft one is ready present underneath. The new carapax hardens in a few hours. In the meantime, those soft crab are an easy target for his predators. For the time being the newly molted crabs hide in a hole or between rocks or shells.

The drawing of the edible crab used on VLIZ products comes from the book ‘A history of the British stalk-eyed Crustacea’ written by Thomas Bell. The publication dates back to 1853. This ancient book can be consulted in the VLIZ library, but you can browse it online.