Sector | Marine sector Fishing industry

Shipowners, fishers, fishmongers, and the parties involved in the fishing industry policy will find an answer to the question “what can ILVO do for me?” here. You’ll get a brief overview of relevant expertise, analyses, infrastructure, and the professional approach that characterizes ILVO. You can contact the Marine Living Lab for specific services and questions regarding possible collaborations.

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What does ILVO do?

How does ILVO work?

ILVO wants to support all those involved in fishing industry management, the fishing industry, and the fishing industry trade in its pursuit of sustainable fishing with the above broad palette of expertise and a modern research infrastructure. A multidisciplinary scientific team with an extensive network is assisted by an experienced team of the fishing industry technicians and sea-going observers who are responsible for the fieldwork on land and at sea.

Your point of contact: Marine Living Lab

ILVO’s Marine Living Lab strives for accelerated and sustainable innovation in the blue sectors, including the fishing industry, through co-creation. ILVO listens to you, analyzes your question or challenge, and – together with you – searches for a (high-tech) solution and a concrete project, as well as suitable partners and funding. ILVO scientifically follows up on the implementation of the joint project.

Your ILVO guarantee

  • Scientifically-based solutions
  • Individual and/or co-creative guidance for innovation trajectories
  • Confidential treatment of your question
  • Clear and easy-to-interpret results that are applicable to day-to-day operations
  • Technological support for various farm processes

Specialized research infrastructure

  • Lab for fish processing
  • Lab to determine the age of fish
  • Experimental infrastructure with seawater tanks
  • Net room for making fishing nets suitable for experimental research
  • Access to research vessels: ILVO cooperates closely with VLIZ and OD Natuur for sampling at sea, with the research vessels Simon Stevin and Belgica, respectively
  • Access to commercial vessels in cooperation with shipowners

Wide network

ILVO is an active member of The Blue Cluster and of the Covenant for a Sustainable Fishing Industry (NL). On an international level, ILVO works closely with ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

All ILVO expertises at your service

ILVO works in an interdisciplinary fashion and has a network of living labs that work closely together. A problem or question is therefore examined from many different angles by ILVO experts from different disciplines. This is guaranteed by ILVO's broad and systematic approach, together with the typical openness of the ILVO culture.

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See also

Press release 24/08/2021

Ray, Fish of the Year 2021

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Project news 19/07/2021

Sport fishing for science

line drawing of sea bass
How many sea bass are there on the Belgian coast? How big are the fish and where are they often found? ILVO, UGent and VLIZ have marked sea bass and are now counting on sport fishermen to pass on data...
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