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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.
Monday, June 24, 2013
From 24 to 27 June, all 105 students currently enrolled in the Joint Master degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC), will be in Ghent for the annual thesis event. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 43 graduating students present their thesis for the general public.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The overall aim of this PhD study was to expand and update our knowledge of the mesozooplankton (0.2-2 mm) in the southern North Sea, and to characterize the trophic role of zooplankton as prey for pelagic fish.
Friday, June 14, 2013
In the framework of the European ECO2 project Dr. Katja Guilini of the Marine Biology Research Group participated in an expedition to Panarea, one of the Aeolian Islands in the Mediterranen Sea (June 2-14th, 2013), together with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Microbiology (Bremen, Germany) and from GEOMAR (Kiel, Germany). 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
On May 28th Tomas Praet defended his PhD entitled 'Biomechanical structure of the seahorse tail as an inspiration for industrial design'.   Millions of years of evolutionary pressure have forced organisms to find suitable solutions for a whole range of real-world problems. Through evolution, small changes in functionality are tested on their fitness, efficiency, and robustness. Engineers are on a daily basis faced by the same problems. Consequently, engineers can find design inspiration in the solutions provided by nature, even for cuttingedge engineering applications.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Part of the Marine Art exhibition was displayed at Fort Napoleon, Ostend. The exhibition took place from May 18 to June 9. 
Friday, May 24, 2013
Trawl fishing on shrimp and sole results in seabed disturbance and produces high discards of which the majority of animals do not survive. Recently, the European Commission decided to strongly reduce these discards, warranting the need for research on alternative fishing techniques with less environmental impact in terms of seabed disturbance and discards.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The deep sea (> 200 m water depth) is one of the most extensive habitats on Earth. It hosts a large fraction of global biodiversity and encompasses a considerable supply of minerals, and natural food and energy sources. 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Besides habitat fragmentation, the introduction of invasive species is considered to be one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity. Due to increased global trade, habitat degradation and climate change the number of species introductions has increased spectacularly during the last decades.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
On March 10th, a minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (3.5 m) stranded in Nieuwpoort. This is the fourth reported stranding of a minke whale at the Belgian coast.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The regulatory framework of marine protected areas in the Belgian part of the North Sea have been evaluated by the Maritime Institute and LDR lawyers. They determined whether the existing protection under Belgian jurisdiction was in accordance with international obligations. Recommendations were made. The designation of the site 'Vlakte van de Raan' has been discussed, as well as the tension between fisheries and Marine Protected Areas.    Read more about this in the paper "The conservation of Belgian marine Natura 2000 sites' (Cliquet A., & Schoukens H.)   
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
From 18 January till 18 March 2013, Freija Hauquier, PhD student at the Marine Biology Section of Ghent University, participated in an international research campaign to the Antarctic Peninsula. The overall objective was to gather samples in the Larsen A/B/C area at the eastern side of the Peninsula where large parts of the original ice shelves calved off in the past two decades as a consequence of recent regional warming.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sandy beaches are the largest coastal ecosystem on earth, covering 70% of all continental margins. As more people interact directly with beaches than with any other type of shoreline worldwide, beaches are of huge social and cultural importance.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
PhD student Lorenz Meire from the Marine Biology Research Group is currently doing field work in Nuuk, Greenland, for his research on the acidification of the ocean. Increased emissions of carbondioxide cause an increased uptake of this carbondioxide by the oceans, resulting in acidification. This is likely to have a strong impact on marine life worldwide.    Research has already shown that Arctic oceans take up large amounts of carbondioxide, as is also the case in Godthåbsfjord in Greenland. This research aims to understand the driving forces of the high carbondioxide... Learn more
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Microplastics have been reported in marine environments worldwide. Accurate assessment of quantity and type is therefore needed. Here, new techniques for extracting microplastics from sediment and invertebrate tissue are proposed.  
Monday, April 29, 2013
Marine debris is an increasing and worldwide problem, which is mainly caused by a growing global plastic production and the continuing improper disposal of waste in our ‘disposable society’. Moreover, plastic is (almost) not degradable, resulting in the accumulation of this debris in our world’s seas and oceans. Of all marine debris, 60 to 80% is estimated to be plastic. This debris is not only aesthetically displeasing, but it also poses a serious threat to marine organisms and even humans.   
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Published paper from Marine@UGent member Stephanie De Vos: A first AFLP-based genetic linkage map for brine shrimp Artemia franciscana and its application in mapping the sex locus.   We report on the construction of sex-specific linkage maps, the identification of sex-linked genetic markers and the genome size estimation for the brine shrimp Artemia franciscana. Artemia is the most commonly used live food in aquaculture activities, specifically for larval growth of more than 85% of the marine species reared. Fifteen putatively homologous linkage groups, including the sex... Learn more
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Upcoming conference organised by Marine@UGent member Marc Van Torre: 3rd International conference on ship manoeuvring in shallow and confined water with non-exclusive focus on ship behaviour in locks; Ghent, 3 – 5 June 2013   The main dimensions of ships tend to increase continuously, while navigation areas and port and waterways infrastructure do not expand at the same rate. As a consequence, the hydrodynamic effects that occur when a ship manoeuvres in shallow or confined water continue to be of great importance. The conference provides an international forum to... Learn more