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Example of a relatively dense gravel bed displaying stones colonised by tubeworms and mature colonies of the soft coral dead man’s fingers (Alcyonium digitatum). Image acquired using an underwater video frame. (Image: RBINS)
02/05/2022

What lies beneath the busiest shipping lane of the world? Discovery of a biodiversity hotspot in Belgium’s farthest offshore waters

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Kelle Moreau

Scientists of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences discovered a hotspot for underwater life in the Belgian part of the North Sea.

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The Belgian Coast Guard Aircraft in action over the oceanographic research vessel 'Belgica'. ©Belgian Navy/Jorn Urbain
29/04/2022

North Sea aerial surveys in 2021

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Kelle Moreau

In 2021, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) performed a total of 248 flight hours over the North Sea in the framework of the national programme of aerial surveys. Thirteen cases of operational discharges by ships have been observed.

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©Belgian Navy/Jorn Urbain
29/04/2022

King Philippe visits research vessel Belgica

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Kelle Moreau

On Thursday 21 April 2022, His Majesty King Philippe visited the new research vessel RV Belgica.

Cover van het nieuwe UNEP-rapport ‘Sand and Sustainability: 10 strategic recommendations to avert a crisis’
26/04/2022

Ten strategic recommendations for sustainable sand extraction

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Kelle Moreau

Sand is vital for building the foundations of our society. Currently, around 50 billion tonnes of this raw material are extracted worldwide each year, and the growing world population is only increasing demand.

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Dominant male of the new species Haplochromis glaucus.
22/04/2022

Ten new species of predatory fish from Lake Edward

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of Belgian researchers has described ten new species of small predatory fish from Lake Edward. Scientists have long suspected that this lake between the DR Congo and Uganda is home to exceptional fish diversity.

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