The surveillance aircraft in action over the navy vessel P902 POLLUX during a national pollution response exercise POLEX. (Image: Belgian Navy)

North Sea aerial surveillance in 2022

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Kelle Moreau

In 2022, the aerial surveillance team of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences realised 244 flight hours over the North Sea. 19 cases of operational marine pollution from ships were observed, two involving oil and 17 other harmful substances.

Scientific News
Our natural science collections record our planet's extraordinary biodiversity, but also show what we have already lost. (Image RBINS/T. Hubin)

An ambitious Nature Restoration Law needed

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Kelle Moreau

On Thursday 15 June 2023, the European Parliament's Environment Committee will vote for the Nature Restoration Law that was proposed by the European Commission as a key element of the EU Biodiversity Strategy/EU Green Deal.

Wing of a male mallard, showing the iridescent and colorful blue speculum in the secondary remiges. (Photo: RBINS)

Bones from 31,000 years ago indicate ancient exploitation of duck wings

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Reinout Verbeke

A study conducted on 31,000-year-old bird remains, discovered in the 1960’s on an archaeological site from the Hainault province, suggests that hunter-gatherers of the time had a particular interest for duck wings.

State Secretary for Science Policy Thomas Dermine receives a safety briefing before joining a flight over the North Sea. (Image: RBINS/MUMM)

30 years of Belgian North Sea aerial surveillance

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Kelle Moreau

Although the Belgian part of the North Sea only represents 0.5 % of the North Sea surface, it is situated in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and combines a large number of human activities on a limited space.

In June 2023, individual visitors enjoy half-price entry at the Museum.

Half-price entry for individual visitors in June

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Charlotte Degueldre

The Museum gets into summer mode this June: beautiful lighting, guaranteed quiet and lots of new exhibits for the season...  

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