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Report Environmental impacts of offshore wind farms
17/03/2017

Update on the Environmental Effects of Wind farms in Belgian Waters

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Sigrid Maebe

In Belgian waters, three wind farms are now operational, one is under construction, and five more will be constructed in the near future.

Top left: a Dwarf Sperm Whale (image Hannah Jones; not the animal of 22 January 2017), bottom left: Harbour Porpoise (image Peter Evans). Right: images of the animal of 22 January 2017 (Bart Van Gelder, An Ceulemans, Bram Conings, Jean-Paul Théâtre).
31/01/2017

First Observation of a Dwarf Sperm Whale in Belgium

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Sigrid Maebe

On Sunday the 22nd of January 2017 there was a special observation at sea: a very rare marine mammal, a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) has been spotted near Ostend!

Wave converter (Nemos)
24/01/2017

Public Consultation for a Research Structure for Wave Energy

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Sigrid Maebe

In December NEMOS has introduced a request for an environmental permit for the construction and exploitation of a temporary research structure for wave energy conversion. The public consultation for this permit is now open.

 

Windmills Thorntonbank
13/01/2017

New MUMM Website With Information On Activities At Sea

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Sigrid Maebe

Check out the new website of the scientific service Management Unit of the Mathematical Models of the North Sea. In Belgium MUMM is responsible for the follow up of activities at sea.

Foam on the beach: a result of eutrophication. (photo: RBINS)
04/01/2017

Where Does The Foam On The Beach Come From?

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Jonas Van Boxel

Eutrophication, the overdose of nutrients in water, is damaging our seas and rivers. Our Institute, together with The International Scheldt Commission and the Belgian Federal Public Service, organised a workshop for scientists and policymakers to stop this process.

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