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How to inventory the names of all species on Earth

Added on: 2018-09-12 15:33:04 by Fockedey, Nancy
Marine biologists say they have demonstrated an e-solution to the management of the millions of names of animals and plants on Earth that other biologists could adopt. ...

Swimming with the tide: migration behaviour of European silver eel in the Schelde Estuary.

Added on: 2018-09-07 13:20:37 by Goossens, Jolien
The Belgian acoustic tracking network in the Schelde Estuary reveals for the first time that silver European eels use selective tidal stream transport to migrate in a bioenergetic efficient way to the sea for spawning. ...

European Marine Board calls for more coherent biological ocean observations in Europe

Added on: 2018-08-08 10:06:50 by Fockedey, Nancy
The latest Future Science Letter No. 3 from the European Marine Board (EMB) - entitled "Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observations" - reflects the vision of a strategic pan-European forum on the current (and future) capacity and relevance of biological observations in the European seas. In contrast to chemical and physical observations, observation networks on biological parameters in Europe do not appear to be highly organized. There is often a lack of coordination between measurement systems and observations can not be integrated optimally. A multifunctional, well-integrated biological ocean observation system will strongly promote the biological knowledge of seas and oceans - in Europe and worldwide. Something of great importance for maintaining a healthy ocean for a healthy society. ...

DiatomBase Portal launched!

Added on: 2018-06-27 09:18:16 by Vandepitte, Leen
After more than 2 years of preparations, the DiatomBase portal is now officially launched. ...

European seabass as test case in innovative acoustic telemetry research

Added on: 2018-06-25 13:51:54 by Fockedey, Nancy
The European seabass is a highly tasted species, loved by sea anglers. Since 2010, this predatory fish suffers from a decline in the southern North Sea. To support the restoration policy, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is starting this summer to following seabass with so-called 'combination transmitters'. Special about these transmitters is that they not only register the presence of the fish, but also carry out continuous measurements of water depth and temperature. VLIZ calls on fishermen and beachcombers to keep track of found transmitters and to report them via info@lifewatch.be. ...

Talitraits: Feeding the Talitridae species in WoRMS with a variety of ecological information

Added on: 2018-06-05 17:10:38 by Goossens, Jolien
Last week - on May 30 and 31st – 8 thematic experts on Talitridae came together for the first time during a LifeWatch-WoRMS sponsored workshop. The workshop took place at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Crete, where it was organized back-to-back with the 8th International Sandy Beaches Symposium (ISBS). The group focused on identifying relevant traits for the Talitridae, and adding this data through the Amphipoda Species Database. ...

WRiMS: reporting introduced species in WoRMS 2.0

Added on: 2018-05-24 12:35:40 by Lanssens, Thomas
On 23 April 2018, a number of editors of the World Register of Introduced Species (WRiMS) started a three day workshop in the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). These three days were used to evaluate, complete and improve the content of this WoRMS thematic register (TSD). ...

Early Career & Achievement Award granted to François Le Coze and Geoff Read

Added on: 2018-05-17 17:37:41 by Vanhoorne, Bart
The 2nd WoRMS Early Career Researchers and 3rd WoRMS Achievement Award were granted respectively to François Le Coze and Geoff Read. Congratulations! ...

LifeWatch Data Archaeology Workshop: Analysis of historical data on bycatch in shrimp fisheries along the Belgian Coast

Added on: 2018-05-11 14:23:46 by Jolien, Goossens
On the 8th of May 2018, nine experts met at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend to explore what type of information is hidden in a century of historical data on bycatch in shrimp fisheries. ...

WoRMS press release: Celebrating a Decade of the World Register of Marine Species

Added on: 2018-04-23 09:01:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
In 2018, to celebrate a decade of WoRMS' existence, it was decided to compile a list of our top marine species, both for 2017 and for the previous decade. ...

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of WoRMS with another publication: general insights and experiences from the DMT

Added on: 2018-04-09 08:45:26 by Vandepitte, Leen
Earlier today, PLoS One published a new Open Access paper in their WoRMS collection, entitled ‘A decade of the World Register of Marine Species – general insights and experiences from the Data Management Team’. The paper was written on occasion of the 10-year celebration of WoRMS, to highlight what WoRMS has been able to accomplish in the last decade and where we wish to go in the future … ...

WoRMS, FishBase and SeaLifeBase sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Added on: 2018-04-05 10:36:59 by Vandepitte, Leen
This MoU provides the basis for cooperative work between and by FishBase and SeaLifeBase and the World Register of Marine Species. ...

LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop: Towards improved LifeWatch sampling campaigns

Added on: 2018-03-26 15:46:59 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On February 22nd-23rd 2018, 22 experts met at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend to explore how the LifeWatch sampling campaigns can be improved and how the generated long-term data series can be analyzed. ...

High-tech LifeWatch observatory unravels marine life in North Sea

Added on: 2018-03-07 10:06:26 by Fockedey, Nancy
LifeWatch Belgium, as a part of the European LifeWatch infrastructure, can be considered as a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research. With the support of Flanders to LifeWatch, VLIZ has a.o. developed a Marine Observatory. It aims to collect scientific data with innovative technology in an automated manner, and to make these data freely available to all potential users. On the one hand, several innovative devices to map phytoplankton (Flow Cytometer) and zooplankton (Video Plankton Recorder) are used during monthly campaigns in the Belgian part of the North Sea. On the other hand, four passive networks register and detect the presence of larger organisms (birds, porpoises, bats and fish) with a minimal human effort. ...

So many legs, so little time…

Added on: 2018-03-05 10:28:49 by Vandepitte, Leen
MilliBase: Global Diplopod species catalog launched: Check it out now and come back often! ...

MarineRegions.org launches update register worldwide maritime borders and names

Added on: 2018-02-26 15:55:17 by Fockedey, Nancy
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has been investing for more than 10 years in an open source system for making maritime borders available and names underwater locations worldwide: MarineRegions.org. The download of shapefiles (polygons or polylines) and checklists of maritime and underwater locations is free for academic and educational users*. In the latest version of Marine Regions (v10), new treaties were added and the disputes known from the earlier version addressed to us were addressed. ...

New release: version 10 of the Maritime Boundaries

Added on: 2018-02-21 18:03:56 by Oset Garcia, Paula
MarineRegions.org is proud to launch version 10 of the Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase. ...

Expanding MolluscaBase – welcoming freshwater and terrestrial editors during a WoRMS-LifeWatch workshop

Added on: 2018-02-19 10:15:10 by Vandepitte, Leen
In the week of 5-9 February, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) – host of Aphia, the online platform behind WoRMS and its many subregisters – welcomed Mollusca-experts for 4 days, to expand the content of MolluscaBase with their freshwater and terrestrial representatives and to document species traits. ...

Nemys: saying goodbye to its chief editor and major plans to move forward

Added on: 2018-02-15 09:09:27 by Vandepitte, Leen
Katja Guilini is passing on her chief editor responsibilities after leading Nemys since 2015. Meanwhile, the register will evolve towards a fully global initiative, soon to include freshwater and terrestrial representatives. ...

LifeWatch Belgium: from DNA Barcoding for forensics to long-term observations of harbour porpoises

Added on: 2018-01-30 12:24:53 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On January 25th-26th 2018, the LifeWatch.be Users & Stakeholders meeting was organized at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend. ...

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