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2015_PHD_VERHELST_COD - Acoustic telemetry data for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Scheldt estuary and southern North Sea (Belgium)
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Verhelst, P.; Reubens, J.; Desmet, P.; Reyserhove, L.; Moens, T.; (2020): 2015_PHD_VERHELST_COD - Acoustic telemetry data for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Scheldt estuary and southern North Sea (Belgium). Marine Data Archive.

Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This is an acoustic telemetry dataset published by Ghent University. It contains animal (fish) tracking data collected by the Permanent Belgian Acoustic Receiver Network ( for the project/study 2015_phd_verhelst_cod, using VEMCO tags (V9, V13, V13AP) and receivers (VR2AR, VR2C, VR2Tx, VR2W). In total 106 individuals of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) were captured, tagged and released between 2014 and 2018 in the Scheldt estuary and Belgian Part of the North Sea, to study movement behaviour between the estuary, sand bars, shipwrecks and wind farms. more

Estuaries and coastal areas are subject to anthropogenic activities, as the largest harbours and economic activities are located along river banks and close to shore. Known to have a high habitat diversity, estuaries and coastal areas play a key role in the life cycle of many organisms, including marine fish. As such, these areas can serve as transport routes, foraging or nursery areas. In order to conserve these areas in a cost-efficient and sustainable way, a better understanding of the ecosystem functions and services is needed. The western Scheldt estuary and adjacent coastal area of Belgium are an important migration route and resident area for marine fish. We selected the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) as an economically important indicator species for marine fish species, to assess the importance of estuarine and coastal areas as a key habitat for this species. The results of this study will be useful for management measures for the conservation and restoration of the cod population.

This dataset was collected using infrastructure provided by VLIZ and INBO funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch. Data were exported from the European Tracking Network data portal ( developed by VLIZ using the ETN R package ( developed by INBO. Field definitions can be found at

Biology > Acoustics, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Fish
Marine/Coastal, Brackish water, Acoustic telemetry, Acoustic Telemetry, Animal movement, Animal tracking, Biologging, Home range, Impact assessment, LifeWatch, Migration, VEMCO, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast, ANE, Belgium, Zeeland Banks, Thornton Bank, ANE, North Sea, ANE, Western Scheldt, Belgium, Flanders, Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast [Marine Regions]
ANE, Belgium, Zeeland Banks, Thornton Bank [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, Western Scheldt [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Flanders [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
11 July 2014 - 4 June 2019

Taxonomic coverage
Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]

Fish detections
Fish total length

Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata providerdata creator
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Related datasets
Parent datasets:
European Tracking Network (ETN) data, more
LifeWatch observatory data: fish acoustic receiver network, more

The importance of estuarine and coastal areas for the migration of fish and recovery of populations, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Sensor platform
Metadatarecord created: 2020-11-04
Information last updated: 2023-05-22
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