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Pelfish: Predictive modelling of the distribution of pelagic fish species in the BPNS
Standaert, W.; Musimwa, R.; Stevens, M.; Alonso, J.; Muñiz, C.; Debusschere, E.; Pint, S.; Everaert, G.; Flanders Marine Institute: Belgium; (2024). Duurzame economische dragers in Vlaamse kustvisserijgemeenschappen post-Brexit (PelFish). https://marineinfo.org/id/dataset/8450

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


Ecological modelling techniques applied on the data collected for the prediction of future scenarios in the BPNS.

Three different methodologies where used: 

  • Mechanistic approach: Habitat suitability maps for the pelagic fish with an emphasis on the Belgian part of the North Sea. The modelling technique used was the mechanistic approach.
  • Data driven approach: It utilizes maximum entropy modelling to derive species-environment relations. Biological input data was derived from ICES International bottom trawl surveys, International herring larvae surveys and Mackerel and Horse Mackerel Egg surveys. Environmental layers were derived from CMEMS (https://doi.org/10.48670/moi-00021, https://doi.org/10.48670/moi-00058, https://doi.org/10.48670/moi-00020) and EMODNet
  • Climate-induced habitat suitability maps, delving deep into the intricate relationships between changing environmental conditions and the distribution of pelagic fish.


Biology, Biology > Acoustics, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Fish, Biology > Fish > Pelagic fish, Fisheries
Marine/Coastal, Atlantic mackerel, Climate change ecology, Ecological modelling, Ecosystem modelling, Fisheries development, Fisheries ecosystem, Marine fauna, Ocean modelling, Predictive modelling, Twaite shad, A, North Atlantic, ANE, Belgium, Alosa fallax (Lacepède, 1803), Clupea harengus Linnaeus, 1758, Dicentrarchus labrax (Linnaeus, 1758), Scomber scombrus Linnaeus, 1758, Scomber scombrus Linnaeus, 1758

Geographical coverage
A, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, Belgium [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Target species
Alosa fallax (Lacepède, 1803) [WoRMS]
Clupea harengus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Dicentrarchus labrax (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Scomber scombrus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Scomber scombrus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]


Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creatororganiserprincipal investigator

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Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data products
Data origin: Research: field experiment
Metadatarecord created: 2023-12-14
Information last updated: 2024-06-14
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