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The Coast guard aircraft, equipped with the sniffer sensor. (Photo: RBINS/SURV)
23/08/2018

Belgian Coast Guard Leading in the International Fight against Air Pollution above the Sea

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Kelle Moreau

Since 2016, a so-called 'sniffer' sensor has been used onboard the Belgian Coast Guard aircraft to check for environmental and nautical violations. This sensor allows the sulfur content in the fuel to be derived on the basis of measurements made in the emissions of ships above the sea.

The Seatrout is pulled from a sandbank in the turn of Bath (Western Scheldt) by tuggers. © RBINS/SURV
08/06/2018

Aerial Surveys over the North Sea in 2017

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Kelle Moreau

A total of 222 flight hours has been performed at sea in the framework of the Belgian North Sea aerial survey programme in 2017. In and nearby the Belgian marine areas 11 spillages were observed, of which 10 operational slicks and 1 accidental spill.

A first for Belgium: a Long-tailed Shrike, found, ringed, measured (and released) at Zwin Nature Parc. (Photo: Didier Vangeluwe, RBINS)
17/10/2017

Ornithologists Band Long-tailed Shrike at Zwin Nature Parc: New Species for Belgium

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Reinout Verbeke

Our ornithologists have banded a Long-tailed Shrike at the Zwin Nature Reserve in Knokke. Never before was this species recorded in Belgium. It is only the fifth time that this Asiatic bird makes an appearance in Europe.

Narwhal washed ashore along the Scheldt river in Bornem (28 april 2016).
23/08/2017

Marine Mammals in Belgium in 2016

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Kelle Moreau

In a new annual report, our scientists collect the available information on marine mammals in Belgium in 2016.

Algal bloom near the coast of Ostend, detected by the European satellite Sentinel 2. (Photo: ESA)
06/07/2017

Algal Bloom Along Belgian Coast Detected From Space

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Kelle Moreau

In May 2016, scientists observed an intense algal bloom very close to the Belgian coast. They managed this by using the European satellite Sentinel-2. This satellite can help monitor areas that are unreachable for a research vessel.

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