Document of dataset 6050

Dataset record

Type
Dataset
title in English
VPS receiver network on the Albert Canal, Kwaadmechelen
Acronym
2017_Albertkanaal_VPS_Ham
Description in English
Hydraulic structures such as navigation locks, pumping stations and hydropower plants play an important role in navigation, water management and sustainable energy production. However, these structures may severely impact the aquatic ecosystem and freshwater fish in particular. In Belgium, the Albert Canal connecting the river Meuse to the river Scheldt, is an important migration route for European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Both critically endangered species have a downstream migrating phase in their lifecycle (respectively silver eels and salmon smolts), during which they are hampered by hydraulic structures. In the coming years, Archimedes screws are to be installed at the navigation lock complexes present in the Flemish part of the canal, which can function both as pumping stations and hydropower generators. A first installation is already present at the navigation lock complex of Kwaadmechelen. Before fish mitigation measures can be implemented, it is important to gain understanding on how the downstream migrating fish are affected by hydrodynamics around the complex. In this VPS study the downstream migration of European silver eels and Salmon smolts is investigated. Specifically, the fish tracks collected by the VPS indicate what downstream routes the fish took, at what conditions and why and how they are being delayed. The different routes the fish can take to pass the ship lock complex are (A) passing the ship locks together with a ship through the open gates, (B) passing the ship locks through the inlets of the filling systems of the ship locks, (C) passing the ship lock complex by passing the hydropower plant in the by-pass channel. The results indicate how fish downstream migration at such large shipping lock complexes can be facilitated, and how fish can be prevented of passing through the hydropower plant.
Abstract in English
Hydraulic structures such as navigation locks, pumping stations and hydropower plants play an important role in navigation, water management and sustainable energy production. However, these structures may severely impact the aquatic ecosystem and freshwater fish in particular. In Belgium, the Albert Canal connecting the river Meuse to the river Scheldt, is an important migration route for European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). A VPS receiver network is installed.
License
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Temporal coverage

Temporal
Start date
2016-11-7
End date
2017-8-1
Accrual periodicity
Continuous

Geographical coverage

Spatial

Thesaurus terms

Keyword
Acoustic telemetry
Acoustic Telemetry
Tracking

Themes

theme
Biology > Fish
Fisheries

Taxonomic terms

Taxon keywords
Anguilla anguilla
Pisces
Salmo salar Linnaeus, 1758

Ownerships

contactPoint
Ine Pauwels
contactPoint
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek
creator
Ine Pauwels
creator
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek
creator
Jenna Vergeynst
creator
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek
creator
Jenna Vergeynst
creator
Rijksuniversiteit Gent
creator
Raf Baeyens
creator
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek
creator
Johan Coeck
creator
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek
creator
Ans Mouton
creator
Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek

Publication references

related reference
Based on this dataset /id/publication/296381

Dataset references

is part of
European Tracking Network (ETN) data

Special collections

part of special collection
European Tracking Network

Document metadata

date created
2018-10-31
date modified
2018-11-07