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Belang van estuariene kustgebieden als sleutelhabitat voor de migratie van vissen en herstel van populaties


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  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more
  • Universiteit Gent (UGent), more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), more

In the framework of LifeWatch, an acoustic telemetry network for fish was set up. The goal of this network is to collect crucial knowledge on migration routes, spatiotemporal habitat use and fish behaviour. Since observing fish in the field is rather challenging, acoustic telemetry is the perfect solution when it comes to fish monitoring. Currently (19/06/2014) 52 receivers have been installed on buoys in the Belgian part of the North Sea and the Western Scheldt estuary.
The current PhD study will build further on this existing knowledge on movements of Atlantic cod and European eel. The goals of this PhD study are to (1) characterize migration routes, hotspots and bottlenecks of the fish, (2) develop habitat suitability models, and (3) come up with suggestions for fish management.

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