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2010_PHD_REUBENS: Acoustic telemetry data for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the C-Power wind farm in the southern North Sea (Belgium)
Citable as data publication
Reubens, J.; Degraer, S.; Desmet, P.; Moens, T.; Reyserhove, L.; Vincx, M.; (2020): 2010_PHD_REUBENS - Acoustic telemetry data for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the C-Power wind farm in the southern North Sea (Belgium). Marine Data Archive.
Contact: Reubens, Jan

Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This is an acoustic telemetry dataset published by Ghent University. It contains animal (fish) tracking data collected by what later became the Permanent Belgian Acoustic Receiver Network ( for the project/study 2010_phd_Reubens, using VEMCO tags (V9) and receivers (VR2W). In total 41 individuals of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) were captured, tagged and released in 2010 and 2011 in the C-Power wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea, to study their movement behaviour and assess the impacts of offshore wind farms on their movement ecology. This dataset also includes the data of the synchronisation tags present in the study. To calculate exact 2D positions using acoustic telemetry, the time difference of arrival of signals at different receivers is used. Therefore sync tags are needed to account for clock drift in the receivers. more

Intensive exploitation of the marine environment by mankind can alter the natural habitat of marine organisms drastically. The addition of artificial hard substrates (e.g. offshore wind turbines) to soft-sediment sandy bottoms is a pervasive example of an anthropogenic habitat change. In this study, we assess the influence of offshore wind farms on the spatio-temporal movement ecology of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The results of this study will be useful for management measures for the conservation and restoration of the cod population.

This study was funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). Data were exported from the European Tracking Network data portal ( developed by VLIZ using the ETN R package ( developed by INBO. Field definitions can be found at

Biology > Acoustics, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Fish
Marine/Coastal, Acoustic telemetry, Acoustic Telemetry, Animal movement, Animal tracking, Biologging, Data, Home range, Impact assessment, VEMCO, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast, ANE, Belgium, Zeeland Banks, Thornton Bank, ANE, North Sea, Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast [Marine Regions]
ANE, Belgium, Zeeland Banks, Thornton Bank [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
6 August 2010 - 31 August 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]

Fish detections
Fish total length

Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creatordata provider
Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Natuurlijk Milieu (OD Natuur), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
European Tracking Network (ETN) data, more

Setup of a Belgian fish telemetry network and the ecology of benthopelagic fish at offshore wind farms, more

Based on this dataset
Reubens, J. et al. (2014). Diel variation in feeding and movement patterns of juvenile Atlantic cod at offshore wind farms. J. Sea Res. 85: 214-221., more
Reubens, J.T. et al. (2014). The ecology of benthopelagic fishes at offshore wind farms: a synthesis of 4 years of research. Hydrobiologia 727(1): 121-136., more
Reubens, J.T. et al. (2013). Residency, site fidelity and habitat use of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) at an offshore wind farm using acoustic telemetry. Mar. Environ. Res. 90: 128–135., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Sensor platform
Metadatarecord created: 2017-11-24
Information last updated: 2022-10-21
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