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The stranded sunfish in a bassin in Sea Life Blankenberge. (photo: Jan Haelters - RBINS)
09/12/2016

Ocean Sunfish Stranded On the Belgian Coast

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Jonas Van Boxel

A young ocean sunfish (Mola mola) has stranded on the beach of De Haan. The animal was alive and has been taken to the Sea Life Blankenberge, but the chances of survival are slim.

Maurice Leponce (RBINS) in the "Canopy Bubble". With a 2 km rope, he can travel between the most remarkable trees. (photo: Maurice Leponce)
22/11/2016

Watch Our Flying Biologist in Papua New Guinea

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Jonas Van Boxel

Entomologist Maurice Leponce studies ant colonies in the canopy of the Papua New Guinean rainforest with special hot air balloons. Watch him on YouTube!

State Secretary for the North Sea Philippe De Backer in front of our observation airplane. (photo: Thierry Hubin - RBINS)
17/11/2016

State Secretary Catches Polluting Ships From the Sky

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Jonas Van Boxel

Our Institute’s observation plane monitors the North Sea for illegal oil dumping, fishery activities and since this year, sulphur emissions from ships. Philippe De Backer, State Secretary for the North Sea, flew along to see for himself how this monitoring actually works.

Lake Tanganyika (Photo: Dave Proffer, Flickr)
04/11/2016

Scientist Worried About Oil Extraction Plans in African Great Lakes

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Reinout Verbeke

An international group of scientists sound the alarm in Science about the plans to extract oil and gas from the African Great Lakes.

The research vessel Belgica is 50.9 m long and 10 m wide.Its cruising speed is 12 knots (22 km/h), which allows it to travel 5000 miles in 20 days. (photo: RBINS)
31/10/2016

Replacement of the Oceanographic Research Vessel RV Belgica

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Sigrid Maebe

On the 28th of October 2016, the Ministerial Council agreed to replace the research vessel RV Belgica, after a proposal by Secretary of State for Science Policy Elke Sleurs and Secretary of State for the North Sea Philippe De Backer.

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