Streaming the North Sea and Westernscheldt estuary: a Fish Tracking Network using acoustic telemetry

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Many fish species perform yearly migrations to be able to complete their life cycle. They move for instance from nursery areas, to feeding and spawning grounds. Information on these complex movements is important for management decisions and the sustainable exploitation of the fish stocks. Information on spatio-temporal habitat use, migration routes and behaviour are particularly important and acoustic telemetry is a promising technique to help to fill this knowledge gap. In this context a tracking network for continuous monitoring of migratory fish species has been set up by The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) in the Western Scheldt and Belgian Part of the North Sea. The aim of this master dissertation is to contribute in the development and optimisation of the tracking network, to analyse recordings from acoustic telemetry and/or to link the data to behaviour and habitat use of the fish species. Possible target species in this study are Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), European eel (Anguilla Anguilla) and Starry Smooth hound (Mustelus asterias).
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Jan Reubens
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Prof. Dr. Ans Mouton (INBO) Dr. Klaas Deneudt (VLIZ) Drs. Pieterjan Verhelst (Marbiol)
Reference Number: RP-34412