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CODEVCO: Marine mammal monitoring in seafarms in the BPNS
RBINS-OD Nature (2023): CODEVCO - Marine mammal monitoring around aquaculture seafarms .
Contact: Rumes, Bob

Availability: This work is licensed under meaning it is under moratorium until 2027-10-31


In the framework of the assessment of the effects of the operation of a sea farm (combined aquaculture) on small cetaceans, the RBINS uses Passive Acoustic Monitoring Devices: porpoise detectors (C-PoDs). Data obtained provide an indication of the presence of harbor porpoises in the vicinity of the device, up to a distance of approximately 300 m. Data obtained from one PoD can give an indication of presence/absence of porpoises, and can be compared to data obtained from PoDs moored at other locations – as such, the presence of porpoise in and near the sea farm area can be compared to the presence of porpoises in reference areas as well as compared throughout the year.

In the context of this project fish detectors are used as acoustic releases for our tripod mooring system containing the pods.  

Biology, Biology > Acoustics, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Mammals, Physical > Underwater acoustics
Marine/Coastal, Acoustic arrays, Acoustic data, Acoustic detection, Acoustic detectors, Acoustic devices, Acoustic equipment, Acoustic noise, Acoustic systems, Acoustic tags, Acoustic telemetry, Acoustic tracking, Acoustic tracking systems, Behavioural ecology, Behavouir, Cetacea, Cetaceans, Harbour porpoises, Hydrophones, Odontoceti, Phocoena, Porpoises, ANE, Belgium, Odontoceti Flower, 1867, Pisces, Odontoceti Flower, 1867, Phocoena phocoena (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 2021 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Odontoceti Flower, 1867 [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]
Target species
Odontoceti Flower, 1867 [WoRMS]
Phocoena phocoena (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Acoustic detections Methodology
Fish detections Methodology
Acoustic detections: hydrophone recordings

Fish detections: Acoustic telemetry

Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (IRScNB/KBIN), moreprincipal investigatordata collector

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

CODEVCO farm Westdiep: follow-up of changes in benthic habitat and community composition, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field experiment
Metadatarecord created: 2023-10-31
Information last updated: 2023-10-31
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