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Development of a fish-based index combining data from different types of fishing gear. A case study of reservoirs in Flanders (Belgium)

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Development of a fish-based index combining data from different types of fishing gear. A case study of reservoirs in Flanders (Belgium). / Breine, Jan; Van Thuyne, Gerlinde; De Bruyn, Luc.

In: BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, Vol. 154, No. 1, Belg. J. Zool., 145(1) : 17-39, 01.2015, p. 17-39.

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title = "Development of a fish-based index combining data from different types of fishing gear.: A case study of reservoirs in Flanders (Belgium)",
abstract = "ABSTRACT. Fish assemblages in reservoirs and lakes are mainly assessed by multiple sampling gear. Thechallenge exists in how to combine all the data from the different types of gear to develop a fish-based index.In this paper, we describe a novel approach to this challenge in reservoirs in Flanders. The developed approachcan also be used for natural lakes in the same eco-region and for any combination of fishing methods. In a firststep, we defined a reference list of fish species occurring in man-made Flemish reservoirs. To compile thisreference list, we adapted the reference for Dutch lakes with recent data from freshwater reservoirs in Flanders.This reference list contains guild-specific information needed to define metrics. To pre-classify the reservoirs, ahabitat status for each reservoir was set using abiotic parameters (pressures). Fish gear-dependent metrics wereselected according to their response to these pressures. Threshold values for metrics were determined based onthe species reference list and occasionally on the calculated metric values. The ecological quality ratios derivedfrom the index calculation were validated with an independent set of data. The developed index proved tosuccessfully assess the ecological status of the reservoirs in Flanders.",
author = "Jan Breine and {Van Thuyne}, Gerlinde and {De Bruyn}, Luc",
year = "2015",
month = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "154",
pages = "17--39",
journal = "BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY",
issn = "0777-6276",
publisher = "Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dierkunde = Soci{\'e}t{\'e} royale zoologique de Belgique",
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TY - JOUR

T1 - Development of a fish-based index combining data from different types of fishing gear.

T2 - A case study of reservoirs in Flanders (Belgium)

AU - Breine, Jan

AU - Van Thuyne, Gerlinde

AU - De Bruyn, Luc

PY - 2015/1

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N2 - ABSTRACT. Fish assemblages in reservoirs and lakes are mainly assessed by multiple sampling gear. Thechallenge exists in how to combine all the data from the different types of gear to develop a fish-based index.In this paper, we describe a novel approach to this challenge in reservoirs in Flanders. The developed approachcan also be used for natural lakes in the same eco-region and for any combination of fishing methods. In a firststep, we defined a reference list of fish species occurring in man-made Flemish reservoirs. To compile thisreference list, we adapted the reference for Dutch lakes with recent data from freshwater reservoirs in Flanders.This reference list contains guild-specific information needed to define metrics. To pre-classify the reservoirs, ahabitat status for each reservoir was set using abiotic parameters (pressures). Fish gear-dependent metrics wereselected according to their response to these pressures. Threshold values for metrics were determined based onthe species reference list and occasionally on the calculated metric values. The ecological quality ratios derivedfrom the index calculation were validated with an independent set of data. The developed index proved tosuccessfully assess the ecological status of the reservoirs in Flanders.

AB - ABSTRACT. Fish assemblages in reservoirs and lakes are mainly assessed by multiple sampling gear. Thechallenge exists in how to combine all the data from the different types of gear to develop a fish-based index.In this paper, we describe a novel approach to this challenge in reservoirs in Flanders. The developed approachcan also be used for natural lakes in the same eco-region and for any combination of fishing methods. In a firststep, we defined a reference list of fish species occurring in man-made Flemish reservoirs. To compile thisreference list, we adapted the reference for Dutch lakes with recent data from freshwater reservoirs in Flanders.This reference list contains guild-specific information needed to define metrics. To pre-classify the reservoirs, ahabitat status for each reservoir was set using abiotic parameters (pressures). Fish gear-dependent metrics wereselected according to their response to these pressures. Threshold values for metrics were determined based onthe species reference list and occasionally on the calculated metric values. The ecological quality ratios derivedfrom the index calculation were validated with an independent set of data. The developed index proved tosuccessfully assess the ecological status of the reservoirs in Flanders.

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VL - 154

SP - 17

EP - 39

JO - BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY

JF - BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY

SN - 0777-6276

IS - 1

M1 - Belg. J. Zool., 145(1) : 17-39

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