Event Title

Session B7: All You Need is Love: Adequate Information for Effective Fish Passage?

Location

Groningen, The Netherlands

Event Website

http://fishpassage.umass.edu/

Start Date

24-6-2015 12:05 PM

End Date

24-6-2015 12:30 PM

Description

Abstract:

Obstacles like weirs, watermills and locks are a barrier for migratory fish in our watercourses. The fact that specific fish species cannot reach their optimal spawning habitat, can have severe consequences for the survival of these species. Although much numerous fish passes have been designed to solve this problem, these fish passes don’t always work optimal. More insight into fish behavior is needed to improve fish pass efficiency, and acoustic telemetry allows such detailed observation of spatio-temporal migration patterns. We present novel findings on fish behavior at anthropogenic structures based on acoustic telemetry. The impact of several constructions like sluices, weirs, pumping stations and small-scale hydropower plants will be assessed and potential solutions to enhance fish migration at these structures will be discussed. This approach will allow to identify crucial information needs for effective fish passage management and reveals a promising range of opportunities for fish passage research.

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Presenting Author Bio: Ans Mouton obtained his degree in Environmental Engineering at Ghent University in 2004. Between October 2004 and October 2008, he was a PhD student at the Department of Applied Ecology and Environmental Biology of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University under the supervision of Prof. dr. ir. Peter Goethals. His research was supported by Prof. Dr.Bernard De Baets of the Department of Applied Mathematics, Biometry and Process Control of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.

As a BOF grant holder he developed species distribution models for fish and invertebrates in rivers. He taught various courses and practical exercises, while he also tutored several Master theses. Ans Mouton presented his work on several international conferences during platform and poster presentations. In 2006 he was awarded the Best Student Paper and Presentation Award on the iEMSs Biennial Congress (Burlington, USA). He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications in international journals and cooperated with research institutes and universities worldwide.

Since October 2008, Ans Mouton works at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) as research scientist Management Aquatic Species and Ecosystems. He was the project leader of different Flemish research projects and participates in several European research projects, such as the COST 626 European Aquatic Modelling Network programme and the Interreg IVB programme ‘Living North Sea’.

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Jun 24th, 12:05 PM Jun 24th, 12:30 PM

Session B7: All You Need is Love: Adequate Information for Effective Fish Passage?

Groningen, The Netherlands

Abstract:

Obstacles like weirs, watermills and locks are a barrier for migratory fish in our watercourses. The fact that specific fish species cannot reach their optimal spawning habitat, can have severe consequences for the survival of these species. Although much numerous fish passes have been designed to solve this problem, these fish passes don’t always work optimal. More insight into fish behavior is needed to improve fish pass efficiency, and acoustic telemetry allows such detailed observation of spatio-temporal migration patterns. We present novel findings on fish behavior at anthropogenic structures based on acoustic telemetry. The impact of several constructions like sluices, weirs, pumping stations and small-scale hydropower plants will be assessed and potential solutions to enhance fish migration at these structures will be discussed. This approach will allow to identify crucial information needs for effective fish passage management and reveals a promising range of opportunities for fish passage research.

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