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MISSION ATLANTIC aims for first integrated ecosystem assessment for the Atlantic Ocean

Added on: 2021-01-18
Ocean experts from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and the US join forces to map and assess both current and future risks from climate change, disasters and human impact on the entire Atlantic ecosystems. ...

New Belgian report on recreational fisheries points at a decline in the cod stock

Added on: 2020-12-18
The new results of the national monitoring programme for Belgian marine recreational fisheries, with the focus year 2019, reveal higher catches of sea bass compared to 2018, but also indicate a worrying decline in cod catches in the southern North Sea. ...

Artificial reefs help keep an eye on marine ecosystems

Added on: 2020-12-17
Researchers have created a network of more than 130 artificial reefs – Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) – on the ocean floor in all the European regional seas, helping scientists to understand long-term changes in coastal habitats and providing an early warning system for the arrival of non-indigenous species, the impact of climate change or human activities. ...

Global Ocean Science Report 2020 reports on global marine research capacity

Added on: 2020-12-15
Based on data collected from around the world, the second Global Ocean Science Report 2020 (GOSR2020) offers a global record of how, where and by whom ocean science is conducted. The GOSR monitors our capacity to understand the ocean and seize new opportunities for research and innovation. VLIZ director Jan Mees has personally co-shared the editorial board of the report that was be launched by UNESCO on 14 December 2020. ...

Citizen science on the North Sea under the microscope

Added on: 2020-12-09
The number of projects involving citizen scientists in the North Sea area has increased significantly in recent years. No fewer than 127 marine citizen science initiatives had the North Sea as their study area. Almost half of the initiatives focus on the investigation and follow-up of one or more plant or animal species. But many projects also zoom in on marine litter. This shows the first inventory and analysis of all marine citizen science initiatives in the North Sea area. ...

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