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LifeWatch citizen scientists trained in ‘identification of fish from beach waters’

Added on: 2021-12-07 16:32:15 by Tavernier, Annelies
In November, the enthusiastic citizen scientists of the SeaWatch-B beach observation network were offered another opportunity for in-depth training. This time, the focus was on identifying small fish in the beach waters. Recently Seawatch-B is included as a citizen science project within LifeWatch VLIZ. ...

Catalogue of Life: 20 years of documenting life on Earth

Added on: 2021-11-08 09:30:12 by Tavernier, Annelies
This year, 2021, marks CoL's 20th anniversary and it is a time to celebrate! Milestones include reaching over 2 million accepted species and the completion of the new Catalogue of Life infrastructure. ...

European Tracking Network for fish has reached over 500 million detections

Added on: 2021-10-27 11:39:42 by Tavernier, Annelies
In recent years, fish tracking technology has revolutionized our knowledge on fish migration and behaviour. Today, the European Tracking Network (ETN) integrates the European efforts of hundreds of users, dealing with thousands of tagged fish from a multitude of species. Within this LifeWatch initiative, 500 million detections so far have taught us a lot on fish species such as Atlantic bluefin tuna, European seabass and sturgeon. ...

WoRMS endorsed as a Project Action under the Ocean Decade

Added on: 2021-10-20 10:26:56 by Vandepitte, Leen
Last week, WoRMS received endorsement by the Ocean Decade as a Project Action, entitled “Above and Beyond – Completing the World Register of Marine Species (ABC WoRMS)”. ...

New versions of the Bio-Oracle dataset v2.2 and the R package sdmpredictors v2.10.0 are available

Added on: 2021-10-04 15:58:47 by Tavernier, Annelies
Bio-Oracle provides environmental data of the world ocean for present and future climate change scenarios. These data are mainly used by Lifewatch users to link biodiversity occurrence data to environmental conditions and predict the future distribution of marine species. Recently, this dataset is improved and offers better quality for the end users. ...

First Detections of Culiseta longiareolata (Diptera: Culicidae) in Belgium and the Netherlands

Added on: 2021-09-03 14:19:31 by Tavernier, Annelies
Between 2017 and 2020, larvae, pupae, and adults of Culiseta longiareolata were found at distinct locations in Belgium and the Netherlands. A potential vector of bird pathogens. ...

Porifera editors participated in the very first online organised WoRMS-LifeWatch editor workshop

Added on: 2021-08-04 18:12:19 by Vandepitte, Leen
In the week of June 7th 2021, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) – host of Aphia, the online platform behind WoRMS and its many sub-registered – organized the very first online editor workshop, in which 13 Porifera-editors enthusiastically participated. ...

Coordinating the observation of biodiversity in the sea: a new collaboration

Added on: 2021-07-12 09:31:20 by Tavernier, Annelies
The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and the SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal share a common vision on the building and coordination of a global ocean biodiversity observation system. The common goal is to systematically assess the state and trends in the ocean’s biodiversity, including biological resources and ecosystems, and how these will change in the future. ...

PhD research reveals wild boar behaviour

Added on: 2021-07-08 14:35:08 by Tavernier, Annelies
Jolien Wevers successfully defended her PhD research on wild boar and roe deer ecology in a human-dominated landscape at Hasselt University. ...

Southern Ocean UN Decade - ‘The science we need for the ocean we want’

Added on: 2021-07-05 11:52:17 by Tavernier, Annelies
We are at the start of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health. The initiative aims to globally strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society. ...

World Strepsiptera Database launched!

Added on: 2021-07-01 09:18:09 by Vandepitte, Leen
A world list of Strepsiptera – twisted-wing parasitoids – is now accessible through their very own portal, as part of Aphia, the platform behind the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). The World Strepsiptera Database currently contains 605 accepted species, and will be updated to catch up with newly described species in the last 5 years. ...

Awardees for the 2021 WoRMS Achievement & Early Career Researchers Award known

Added on: 2021-06-24 09:33:20 by Poffyn, Gizem
This year, the WoRMS Achievement Award goes to Chad Walter, and the WoRMS Early Career Researchers Award was granted to Ralf Cordeiro. ...

Big Five conservation measures for diadromous fish

Added on: 2021-06-16 09:26:47 by Tavernier, Annelies
Five years of fish tracking research using the LifeWatch fish acoustic receiver network has generated key insights in how to save diadromous fish species from historically low numbers. ...

WoRMS is being honored with new genus

Added on: 2021-06-14 14:52:04 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
For the first time, a genus has been named after WoRMS: Wormsina. ...

Join the webinar about the importance and interest of e-taxonomy

Added on: 2021-06-02 13:21:05 by Tavernier, Annelies
On the 23rd of June, the Antarctic Biodiversity Portal organizes the online webinar ‘availability and digitization of identification keys for the Southern Ocean’. Registrations are restricted. ...

New version of ETN database online

Added on: 2021-05-28 09:50:53 by Tavernier, Annelies
Acoustic telemetry data were already available. But now the ETN database also allow the upload of (meta)data linked to archival tags and acoustic-data-storage tags (ADST). ...

MarineRegions Exclusive Economic Zones now featured as essential map on MarineTraffic.com

Added on: 2021-05-04 13:51:22 by Tavernier, Annelies
An important dataset from MarineRegions (LifeWatch Belgium) is integrated in MarineTraffic.com and helps to improve the experience of millions of users on a monthly basis. ...

Flanders supported research data infrastructures played key role in UN Ocean report

Added on: 2021-04-27 14:17:18 by Vandepitte, Leen
On 21 April 2021, the United Nations launched the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA 2) on the state of the world’s ocean, covering environmental, economic and social aspects. ...

Aphia now compliant with the new Catalogue of Life Data Package (COLDP) format and exporting several WoRMS subregisters

Added on: 2021-04-16 09:52:06 by Vandepitte, Leen
From now onwards, the Aphia infrastructure is capable of exporting several of its sub-registers to the Catalogue of Life (COL) in their new Data Package format. This new format was developed to overcome some of the limitations in currently used formats. ...

VLIZ recruits: Researcher Marine Observation Centre

Added on: 2021-04-13 16:50:49 by Tavernier, Annelies
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is looking for a researcher to join its LifeWatch Marine Observation Centre immediately. ...

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