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ILVO epifauna and demersal fish data: epifauna and demersal fish monitoring on the Belgian Part of the North Sea since 1979 [ILVO epifauna en demersale visdata: epifauna en demersale vismonitoring op het Belgisch deel van de Noordzee sinds 1979]
Contact: Hillewaert, Hans ; Hostens, Kristian (Kris) ; Wittoeck, Jan ; Van Hoey, Gert

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Notes: Data is available through the EMODnet Biology portal: see child datasets below in this record.

Density, species richness and diversity of epifauna and demersal fish is being monitored on the Belgian Part of the North Sea since 1979. more

The epibenthos and the demersal fish is sampled on a number of stations spread over the Belgian Continental Shelf. Sampling is done using a 8m beam trawl and a finemeshed shrimpnet during a half hour trawl, traveling at 3.5 knots. The use of this type of net brings less harm to the sediment ecosystem then the use of chainmatts, while it is still efficient in sampling epibenthic organisms and most of the demersal fish species. Only the organisms that attach to the bottom like, sole, semi-pelagic species like herring, thin fish species like sand eel are caught less efficient. The material is immediately sorted, with or without the use of a sorting machine and is identified, counted and measured on board and/or in the lab.

Biology, Biology > Fish
Marine, Demersal fisheries, Epifauna, Fish, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS)

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1979 on [In Progress]

Epibenthos density

Fisheries Research Domain, moredata owner
Flemish Government; Agriculture and Fisheries; Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research; Animal knowledge Unit; Aquatic Environment and Quality

Related datasets
Child datasets:
Epibenthos and demersal fish monitoring at long-term monitoring stations in the Belgian part of the North Sea
Epibenthos and demersal fish monitoring data in function of wind energy development in the Belgian part of the North Sea
Epibenthos and demersal fish monitoring in function of aggregate extraction in the Belgian part of the North Sea
Epibenthos and demersal fish monitoring in function of dredge disposal monitoring in the Belgian part of the North Sea

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2007-02-05
Information last updated: 2019-11-22
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