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MACROBEL: Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf [Lange-termijn trends in het macrobenthos van de Belgische Continentale Plaat]
Degraer, S.; Wittoeck, J.; Appeltans, W.; Cooreman, K.; Deprez, T.; Hillewaert, H.; Hostens, K.; Mees, J.; Vanden Berghe, E.; Vincx, M. (2006) Macrobel: Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf. Oostende, Belgium. Http://www.vliz.be/vmdcdata/macrobel/
Contact: Marine Biology Section (UGent-MARBIOL), more
Availability: This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The global objective of this project is to deliver a substantial contribution to the knowledge of the long term variability in the biodiversity of the macrobenthos and the relationship with anthropogenic activities on the Belgian Continental Shelf. more
The Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) (surface : 2017 km²) is only 0.5 % of the North Sea surface, but it has a very high diversity in marine habitats and associated biological communities. Also, the socio-economic importance of the BCS is very high. As in most areas around the North Sea, a lot of anthropogenic activities, such as sea fisheries, maritime transport, military shootings, dredging activities and others occur on the BCS.
The combination of the ecological and the socio-economic value of the BCS causes conflicts between both interests. Therefore it is very important to develop a sustainable management plan for the natural resources of the BCS. To obtain this goal, information and knowledge is required about:
Macrobenthic organisms are good candidates for monitoring the short and long-term effects of natural and anthropogenic impacts on and within the marine environment because of their direct link with the sediment and with the processes that occur immediately above the sediments.
The global objective of this project is to deliver a substantial contribution to the knowledge of the long term variability in the biodiversity of the macrobenthos and the relationship with anthropogenic activities.
The specific aim of this website is to deliver an atlas with distribution maps of the macrobenthos of the Belgian Coastal Shelf (BCS) for the periods 1977-1983 and 1994-2000. Besides biogeographic and taxonomy information, which is given for each taxon, descriptive details on morphology, biology, ecology, habitat preferences and illustrations are given for a limited number a taxa (see list below). Eventually, by continuing monitoring programmes, our knowledge of different effects of antropogenic activities on the macrobenthos will aid in the development of a sustainable management plan for the Belgian Coastal Shelf.
Biology, Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine, Benthic communities, Biogeography, Long-term effects, Macrobenthos, Taxonomy, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), Amphipoda, Bivalvia, Echinodermata, Polychaeta
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]
1976 - 1986
1994 - 2001
1 December 2001 - 31 November 2003
Count, Granulometric variables Methodology , Macrobenthos biomass, Macrobenthos density
Granulometric variables: Coulter Counter LS particle size analyzer
Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), sponsor
Fisheries Research Domain, partner, data creator more, data creator, data owner more, data creator
Flemish Government; Agriculture and Fisheries; Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research; Animal knowledge Unit; Aquatic Environment and Quality, more, data creator
MACROBEL: Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf
Based on this dataset:
Degraer, S. et al. (2006). The macrobenthos atlas of the Belgian part of the North Sea. Belgian Science Policy: Brussel. ISBN 90-810081-6-1. 164, photographs, 1 cd-rom pp., more
Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Release date: 2005-03-21
Metadatarecord created: 2004-06-09
Information last updated: 2013-12-04