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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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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.

Report marine mammals 2015
13/10/2016

100 Stranded Marine Mammals in Belgium in 2015

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During the last decennia we have been confronted with many strandings of marine mammals. Mostly these concern harbour porpoises or seals, and in very rare cases a larger cetacean. Almost 100 marine mammals stranded on our beaches in 2015.

The prize winners and the aircraft OO-MMM.
26/07/2016

Prize Winners Participate in an Observation Flight

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On July 8, 2016, two winners of the contest “1001 ideas” received their prize.

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