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2013_ALBERTKANAAL - Acoustic telemetry data for European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and hatched Salmon (Salmo salar) in the Albert canal (Belgium)
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Baeyens, R.; Vergeynst, J.; De Maerteleire, N.; Desmet, P.; Gelaude, E.; Milotic, T.; Mouton, A.; Pauwels, I.; Pieters, S.; Reyserhove, L.; Robberechts, K.; Verhelst, P.; Coeck, J.; (2020): 2013_ALBERTKANAAL - Acoustic telemetry data for European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and hatched Salmon (Salmo salar) in the Albert canal (Belgium). Marine Data Archive.
Contact: Pauwels, Ine

Availability: CC0 To the extent possible under law, the person who associated CC0 with this dataset has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this dataset.

This is an acoustic telemetry dataset published by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). It contains animal (fish) tracking data collected by the Permanent Belgian Acoustic Receiver Network ( for the project/study 2013_albertkanaal, using VEMCO tags (V7, V9, V13) and receivers (VR2AR, VR2Tx, VR2W). In total 161 female individuals of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and 134 (hatched) smolts of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) were captured, tagged and released between 2013 and 2017, to study the effect of shipping locks and hydropower plants on their downstream migration in the Albert canal. more

Navigation locks play an important role for ship navigation on canals and other regulated waterways worldwide. Unfortunately, these structures may severely impact the aquatic ecosystem and freshwater fish in particular. In Belgium (Europe), the Albert canal connecting the Meuse river to the Scheldt river, is an important migration route for European eel (critically endangered) and Atlantic salmon (vulnerable). During their downstream migration these fish are hampered by six subsequent navigation lock complexes present in the canal. Three of which are by-passed by a small channel leading to a hydropower plant with large Archimedes screw turbines. In the coming years, three more such hydropower plants are to be installed next to three of six ship lock complexes. The Archimedes screws function both as pump and turbine (hydropower generator). Two dimensional fine scale positioning, as well as impact assessment through assessment of fish injury and mortality at the Archimedes screws, was performed to better understand the overall impact of these anthropogenic structures on diadromous fish, such as eel and salmon.

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. The study was commissioned by the Vlaamse Waterweg NV. 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
Fresh water, Acoustic telemetry, Acoustic Telemetry, Animal movement, Animal tracking, Biologging, Hydropower, Impact assessment, LifeWatch, Migration, Migration barriers, Shipping canals, VEMCO, ANE, Western Scheldt, Belgium, Albert Canal, Belgium, Flanders, Belgium, Meuse Basin, Belgium, Zeeschelde, Antwerp Harbour, Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758), Salmo salar Linnaeus, 1758

Geographical coverage
ANE, Western Scheldt [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Albert Canal [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Flanders [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Meuse Basin [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Zeeschelde, Antwerp Harbour [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
18 October 2013 - 10 May 2019

Taxonomic coverage
Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Salmo salar Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]

Fish detections, Fish lifestage, Fish sex, Fish total length, Horizontal eye diameter of fish, Pectoral fin length of fish, Vertical eye diameter of fish, Wet weight of fish

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

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

Based on this dataset
Vergeynst, J. et al. (2021). Shipping canals on the downstream migration route of European eel (Anguilla anguilla): Opportunity or bottleneck? Ecol. Freshw. Fish. 30(1): 73-87., more
Vergeynst, J. (2020). Downstream migration of eel and salmon through a shipping canal: challenges on the road. PhD Thesis. Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering: Ghent. ISBN 9789463572934. XXIII, 190 pp., more
Vergeynst, J. et al. (2019). The impact of intermediate-head navigation locks on downstream fish passage. River Res. Applic. 35(3): 224-235., more
Verhelst, P. (2018). European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) movement behaviour in relation to habitat fragmentation - Novel insights inferred from acoustic telemetry. PhD Thesis. Ghent University: Gent. ISBN 9789082561166. xxvii, 381 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Sensor platform
Information last updated: 2020-11-20
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