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Flatfish observations and abiotic data from the Belgian part of the North Sea
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Vercauteren, M.; Devriese, L.; Cattrijsse, A.; Decostere, A.; Chiers, K.; Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases; Flanders Marine Institute: Belgium; (2020): Flatfish observations and abiotic data from the Belgian part of the North Sea. Marine Data Archive.

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Dataset on the presence of flatfish (sole, dab and plaice), their characteristics and some abiotic parameters gathered in eight sampling points located in the Belgian part of the North Sea sampled between 2015 and 2019. more

In the framework of a PhD research regarding the study on the cause of skin ulcerations of common dab (Limanda limanda) in the Belgian part of the North Sea, two-monthly monitoring surveys were performed. These were conducted in the Belgian part of the North Sea on board of the research vessel Simon Stevin. The main goal of these surveys was to gather information on the prevalence of skin ulcerations. Moreover, information on environmental, anthropogenic and fish-related characteristics was gathered to allow a broad analysis of possible risk factors correlated with the presence of skin ulcerations. The monitoring surveys were organized every two months between March 2015 and December 2019. In each survey, various locations in the Belgian part of the North Sea were sampled. Between 2016 and 2019, eight sampling points were consequently sampled, if the weather conditions allowed it. In each location, the CTD was lowered to a few meters above the sediment and information was gathered on the temperature of the sea water, turbidity, salinity and much more (see MIDAS). Furthermore, a sample of the water was collected to measure the pH on board using a multiparameter. In each location, we trawled during 20 minutes against the current. The catch was sorted and sole (Solea solea), plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) and common dab were sorted out for further measurements. Of all flatfish, individual length and weight measurements were gathered. For common dab, the seks was also noted. All flatfish were checked for lesions and deformities. Fish with deformities were noted and sampled further if lesions were skin ulcerations.

Biology > Fish, Physical, Water composition > Dissolved gases, Water composition > Suspended matter - turbidity
Marine/Coastal, Abiotic factors, Animal populations, Belgian part of the North Sea, Biotic factors, CTD measurements, Fish diseases, Flatfish, Fulton condition index, Health status of the fish, Lesions, Monitoring, Seabed habitats, Sound velocity, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), Limanda limanda (Linnaeus, 1758), Pleuronectes platessa Linnaeus, 1758, Pleuronectiformes, Solea solea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
9 March 2015 - 14 August 2019

Taxonomic coverage
Limanda limanda (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Pleuronectes platessa Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Pleuronectiformes [WoRMS]
Solea solea (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Count of fish
Fish measurements
Oxygen (O) saturation
Photosynthetically active radiation (PAR)
Total length
Water temperature

Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creatordata creator
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Diergeneeskunde; Vakgroep Pathologie, Bacteriologie en Pluimveeziekten, moredata creatordata creator

Verwondingen platvissen, more

Based on this dataset
Vercauteren, M. et al. (2021). Influence of pathogens, fish-related characteristics, and environmental factors on the development of skin ulcerations in wild common dab (Limanda limanda) from the North Sea. J. Wildl. Dis. 57(2): 1-11., more
Vercauteren, M. (2020). Unravelling the etiology of skin ulcerations in common dab (Limanda limanda) in the Belgian part of the North Sea. PhD Thesis. Ghent University: Gent. 224 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2020-04-17
Information last updated: 2021-02-01
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