|Technical tests for fishing methods|
Technically skilled, sea-going partners are available to perform the required expert measurements. This allows for the registration and analysis of the behavior and catching efficiency of the different fishing methods and nets.
- Tensiometer: measures the tension in the fishing line with digital recording per second.
- Underwater camera: high quality video recordings of fishing and other underwater activities.
- Scanmar, Marport: acoustic equipment for measuring net characteristics during fishing.
At the request of companies, organisations or NGOs, sustainability assessments can be drawn up of fisheries and landed fish species. These can be used for buyers/clients to highlight the sustainability (or not) of the type of fishing for each fish species. These sustainability assessments also serve as a reliable guideline to award additional quality marks or labels. They can be drawn up to meet the client’s requested profile and needs and take account of the fisheries management, the fish stock and the fishing method.
Experimental fishing gear and scale models
|Skilled net makers and scientists calculate the characteristics of experimental fishing gear. Scale models can also be made which can be tested, by means of experiments in flume tanks. An experienced team, consisting of a skipper, a net specialist and a scientist, guarantees that reliable advice is given.||Els Vanderperren|
|Analysis of fishery catch||ILVO observers can register and analyze each tow aboard commercial fishing vessels around the clock and in accordance with standardized statistical procedures. Similar work is also carried out on the authority of other international research centers (for instance aboard other research vessels).
|Evaluating fishing methods and fishing gear|
Upon request, a team of skilled ecologists and scientists can evaluate various types of fishing gear and fishing methods in terms of selectivity and environmental impact, either in synergy with other institutes or not. To this end a detailed analysis can be made per fishing method of the short, medium and long-term environmental impact.
|Technical support and coordination of fishery experiments.|
On the basis of extensive practical and theoretical experience and an existing network of contacts, this technical support can be provided fairly quickly and smoothly. This can be done both nationally and internationally, for commercial vessels as well as for other research centres, professional organisations or bodies. A flexible team can be called on to perform both desk and field work, whenever and wherever necessary.
|Rental of installations for marine experiments||At ILVO, various recirculation systems are available in which exposure experiments (contaminants or other stressors), feeding trials, survival tests, and trawl tests can be done, or in which innovative aquaculture designs and techniques (e.g. sanitation) can be evaluated.|
Hans Polet (technical fisheries installations)
Johan Robbens (chemical exposure tests)
Kris Hostens (exposure testing for non-chemical stressors)
|ILVO has an experienced and dynamic team of divers trained in techniques for scientific diving activities. This team receives regular advanced training according to the regulations of the Belgian Working Group on Scientific Diving (BWGSD).||Daan Delbare|