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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Ghent University evaluated in 2012 the sustainability of all fish that is offered in the student restaurants. Before 2013, ‘sustainability’ was not taken into account when purchasing fish. Criteria were solely price, quality and delivery modalities. In 2013, sustainability is taken into account with a weighing factor of 15% and for 2014, this weighing factor has been raised to 25%.   When comparing purchased fish from 2012 and 2013 (figures below), we see that ‘red’ fish (overfished or the fishing/culturing method is too burdensome for nature) decreased from 3.4 to 1.4... Read more
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Marine @UGent members will be present at the Day of Sciences on Sunday 24 November 2013, with a varied set of activities.   Both the Nematology Research Group (in Ghent, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35) and the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology (at the Research Vessel Simon Stevin in Ostend) will be present. You can also visit the Simon Stevin!    You can read general information about all activities on the Day of Sciences here (in Dutch).   
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
In September, researchers from the Protistology & Aquatic Ecology lab and the Laboratory for Environmental Toxicology participated in an outreach activity for nature guides, entitled ‘a beach lab for everyone’.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Flanders Marine Institute, partner of Marine@UGent, has a brand new website: http://www.vliz.be/en. Here you can access a wealth of information, imagery, publications and data regarding a wide range of marine topics. You can also follow the activities of the research vessel Simon Stevin.   Browse through the website and discover images, scientific articles, maps, datasets, educational material, or learn more about marine science by topic. 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
In this recently published paper, scientists warn against the high risk of degradation of marine ecosystems and human hardships.  Previous analyses have focused mainly on ocean warming and acidification, considerably underestimating the biological and social consequences of climate change. 
Monday, October 7, 2013
Recently the Marine Art project was presented at two international audiences, during the second European Ocean Literacy conference (Plymouth, UK) and during a workshop of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists-Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Earlier this year, a white-beaked dolphin stranded at the Belgian coast, in Blankenberge. This is an indigenous species in the North Sea which prefers however to swim at a certain distance from the coast, so it is rarely seen.   The skeleton of this male specimen of 2.24 m long can now be viewed at the Museum of Morphology. It makes the collection of indigenous cetacean species at the Museum complete as there already are preserved skeletons of a harbour porpoise, minke whale, and common bottlenose dolphin.   You can see more pictures of the dissection at the Facebook... Read more
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Recently, Ann-Katrien Lescrauwaet from Flanders Marine Institute defended her PhD on 'Belgian fisheries: ten decades, seven seas, forty species'.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Microplastics are small plastic particles (<1 mm) originating from the degradation of larger plastic debris. These microplastics have been accumulating in the marine environment for decades and have been detected throughout the water column and in sublittoral and beach sediments worldwide.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
All across the North Sea wind farms are planned, under construction and operational. Thousands of wind turbines will be present and as a result new hard substrate habitats, through the wind turbine foundations, arise. 
Monday, September 2, 2013
The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), the Terrestrial Ecology Unit and Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) installed a GPS tracking network to monitor the habitat use and migration patterns of the herring gull, the lesser black-backed gull and the western marsh harrier in Flanders.
Monday, August 26, 2013
During the Marine Art exhibition, a children's university took place dedicated to the oceans. A lecture on a stranded sperm whale was followed by 4 workshops, attended by 100 kids.  Researchers from the Marine Biology research group will take part in another education and outreach event in September, 'science on the street'. Based on the Children's University on Tour, scientists will bring a fair booth with experiments. 
Monday, August 19, 2013
Scientists from Flanders Marine Institute,the Marine Biology Research Group (UGent) and the Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research recently published a new paper entitled ‘Invisible catch: a century of bycatch and unreported removals in sea fisheries, Belgium 1929-2010’.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
As reported previously, a minke whale stranded on the beach of Nieuwpoort earlier this year.  Only a couple of months later, the skeleton can be admired at the Museum of Morphology.
Friday, July 19, 2013
The EMBC Master programme organizes annually since 2008 a summer school for all students enrolled in the first year of the two year-long programme. This year the 62 students are visiting the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research located in Heraklion (Crete).
Friday, July 19, 2013
The ‘Compendium for Coast and Sea’, an integrated document about the socio-economic, ecological and institutional aspects of the coast and the sea in Flanders and Belgium, is being prepared.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
From 28 May until 22 June, a UGent team of 3 scientists from the Renard Centre of Marine Geology travelled to Lisbon to participate in 2 subsequent campaigns on board of respectively R/V Belgica (Lisbon – Cadiz) and R/V Marion Dufresne (Cadiz – Lisbon).
Monday, July 1, 2013
Marine Board Navigating the Future IV is now available online.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Recently, a paper on the assessment of marine debris on the Belgian Continental Shelf was published by researchers from the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Flanders Marine Institute. This led to a Dutch article on the Eos website, a magazine on science and technology, accessible for a wide audience. 
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The doctoral research of Michiel Claessens (Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology) focused on the use of passive samplers as a central tool in integrated environmental assessments in marine environments.

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