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WOT-schelpdieren: Dutch national shellfish monitoring in the coastal zone
Wageningen Marine Research (2019). WOT-schelpdieren: Dutch national shellfish monitoring in the coastal zone.

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Every year, Wageningen Marine Research carries out shellfish surveys in the Dutch coastal waters (Wadden Sea, Oosterschelde, Westerschelde and Coastal Zone), investigating the distribution and size of the most important commercial shellfish species. These are mainly mussels, cockles, knife hives and Japanese oysters, but also other species with a certain importance for ecology or fishing are included. In addition, catch data from professional fishing are also collected. The data is used by the government when deciding whether or not to permit fishing. more

Furthermore, the survey data is important for the evaluation of control measures and impact studies in the context of Natura 2000 and the nature conservation law. Within the Natura 2000 areas of the Wadden Sea, Oosterschelde, Westerschelde, Voordelta and North Sea Coastal Zone, conservation objectives have been set for various bird species that rely on shellfish as a food source. In addition, shellfish banks are an important element in various habitat types

Biology > Benthos
Marine/Coastal, Shellfish catch statistics, ANE, Netherlands, Dutch Coast, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Anthozoa, Asteroidea, Bivalvia, Gastropoda, Malacostraca, Ophiuroidea

Geographical coverage
ANE, Netherlands, Dutch Coast [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 3,1625; MinLat: 51,3833 - MaxLong: 6,5417; MaxLat: 53,7 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
2004 - 2017

Taxonomic coverage
Anthozoa [WoRMS]
Asteroidea [WoRMS]
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Gastropoda [WoRMS]
Malacostraca [WoRMS]
Ophiuroidea [WoRMS]


Abundance of biological entity specified elsewhere per unit area of the bed [BODC]
Area of sample {sampled area} from the bed [BODC]
Length of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Wet weight biomass of biological entity specified elsewhere per unit area of the bed [BODC]

Wageningen University and Research Centre; Wageningen Marine Research (WMR), moredata creator

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2019-03-11
Information last updated: 2022-07-20
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