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See detailA 12-year study of the upstream migration of Anguilla anguilla in a fish-pass in the river Meuse reveals a dramatic decline of the stock in Belgium.
Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Sonny, Damien

Conference (2005, April)

From 1992 to 2004 upstream migrating eels were collected in a trap (0,5 cm mesh size) installed at the top of a small pool-type fish-pass at the Visé-Lixhe dam (built in 1980 for navigation purposes and ... [more ▼]

From 1992 to 2004 upstream migrating eels were collected in a trap (0,5 cm mesh size) installed at the top of a small pool-type fish-pass at the Visé-Lixhe dam (built in 1980 for navigation purposes and hydropower generation; height : 8,2 m; not equipped with a ship-lock) on the international River Meuse near the Dutch -Belgium border (290 km from the North Sea; width: 200 m; mean annual discharge: 238 m3/s; summer water temperature 21-26°C).The trap in the fish-pass was checked continuously (three times a week) over the migration period from March to September each year, except in 1994. We caught a total number of 32157 eels (biomass 1,955 kg) with a size from 14 cm to 85 cm and a mean value of 31,6 cm corresponding to yellow eels. The study based on a constant year-to-year sampling effort revealed a regular decrease of the annual catch from a maximun of 5613 fish in 1992 to a minimum of 423 in 2004. This demographic trend is fitted by the equation: number per year = 5.614 - 299 t, where t is time in years with 1992 as year 1. According to this model, the upstream migrating yellow eelstock in the Belgian Meuse should drop to near zero within the next ten years, as an expression of a collapsing recruitment of glass eels in the estuary in the Netherlands. In the discussion of these results, we examine the possible role of two other factors on the decrease over time of the number of yellow eels caught in the fish-pass. i) the effect of environmental variables (river discharge, water temperature and dissolved oxygen content) on the timing and intensity of upstream migration waves and ii) the existence and use of alternative migration routes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe reconstruction of an Atlantic salmon population in the Belgian River Meuse basin. First success and new threats.
Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Frank, Vincent et al

Conference (2005, April)

A 'Meuse Salmon' project aiming at restoring an Atlantic salmon run in the River Meuse basin was put forward in 1983 (after the discovery of several 'sea trout' in the Meuse near Liège) and started ... [more ▼]

A 'Meuse Salmon' project aiming at restoring an Atlantic salmon run in the River Meuse basin was put forward in 1983 (after the discovery of several 'sea trout' in the Meuse near Liège) and started officially in 1987 as a contribution of Wallonia to the European Year of Environment. In the course of this programme, most dams (3-8 m in height) obstructing the canalised River Meuse in Belgium and The Netherlands have been fitted with modern fish-ways in order to restore the free circulation of diadromous fish species. A second facet of the Salmon Meuse programme consisted in restocking salmonid streams in the Belgian Ardennes with hatchery reared salmon parr and smolt (maximum 200.000 fish per year) from foreign origins (Scotland, Ireland and France). Returning adult salmon have been scientifically recorded in the Meuse in The Netherlands (estuary and lower course) since 1994 but only since the year 2002 in Belgium: 13 (61-79 cm FL) fish in 2002 and 2 (71-76 cm FL) fish in 2003 caught mostly (13 fish) in a new big fish-pass at the Visé-Lixhe dam and (2 fish) in the River Berwinne, a small tributary of the Meuse known as the last spawning place for S. salar in Belgium in the 1920's. Female and male returning salmon in 2002 were successfully artificially reproduced in order to build a captive freshwater brood stock to be used for production of parrs and smolts of the new Meuse strain next autumn. The communication briefly reports on the progress of the program as concerns the salmon culture for stocking in Wallonia, the population dynamics of stocked parrs in nursery rivers, the patterns of upstream and downstream migration of salmon in the Belgian Meuse and its tributaries and the new challenges to meet (impact on salmon of rising water temperature, development of power generation, increasing predation on smolts by piscivorous birds). [less ▲]

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See detailExperiences and results with telemetry track-ing of smolts and parrs in Belgium
Ovidio, Michaël ULg

Scientific conference (2005, February)

Abstract 1. History of the Meuse salmon project in Walloon Region A 'Meuse Salmon' project aiming at restoring an Atlantic salmon run in the River Meuse basin was put forward in 1983 (after the discovery ... [more ▼]

Abstract 1. History of the Meuse salmon project in Walloon Region A 'Meuse Salmon' project aiming at restoring an Atlantic salmon run in the River Meuse basin was put forward in 1983 (after the discovery of several 'sea trout' in the Meuse near Liège) and started officially in 1987 as a contribution of Wallonia to the European Year of Environment. In the course of this programme, most dams (3-8 m in height) obstructing the canalised River Meuse in Belgium and The Netherlands have been fitted with modern fish-ways in order to restore the free circulation of diadromous fish species. A second facet of the Salmon Meuse programme consisted in restocking salmonid streams in the Belgian Ardennes with hatchery reared salmon parr and smolt (maximum 200.000 fish per year) from foreign origins (Scotland, Ireland and France). Returning adult salmon have been scientifically recorded in the Meuse in The Netherlands (estuary and lower course) since 1994 but only since the year 2002 in Belgium: 13 (61-79 cm FL) fish in 2002 and 2 (71-76 cm FL) fish in 2003 caught mostly (13 fish) in a new big fish-pass at the Visé-Lixhe dam and (2 fish) in the River Berwinne, a small tributary of the Meuse known as the last spawning place for S. salar in Belgium in the 1920's. In 2004 returning adult salmon were not recorded in Belgian waters. Female and male returning salmon in 2002 were successfully artificially reproduced in order to build a captive freshwater brood stock to be used for production of parrs and smolts of the new Meuse strain. In 2006 a new salmon farming center will be inaugurated in Erezée (River Aisne) and will produce 200.000 juvenile Atlantic Salmon per year. 2. Monitoring of the downstream migration of smolts As the return of adult A. salmon in spawning tributaries will be permitted by the building of efficient fish passes, the success of the Meuse salmon project will mainly be influenced by the potentiality of smolts to migrate downstream. Hydroelectric power plants are frequent in the River Meuse and in its tributaries and new installations are scheduled in the next years. In wallonia, the dynamic of the downstream migration of A. salmon smolts was essentially studied in a small downstream fish trap located in the river Samson, a small tributary of the R. Meuse. Precious informations on the timing of migration and on the characteristics of the migrants were annually collected since the late eighties. In 2000, a downstream migration trap was experimented in the Visé-Lixhe dam in the main course of the river Meuse. Results bring additional information on the potential cumulate mortality between the River Samson and the Lixhe dam using mark-recapture techniques. Currently our objective is to study the entire dynamic of the downstream migrations of the smolts from the tributaries, to the Belgian border using biotelemetry techniques. A first successful experiment was carried out on 2004 on a single sea trout smolt individual that was continuously radio-tracked from Liège to Lixhe from a small boat. This spring, a similar experiment on a greater scale (up to 20 tracked individuals) will be carried out in the river Meuse and its tributaries. The communication briefly presents the different results of the monitoring of the downstream migration of smolts in Wallonia and give informations on the techniques and methodologies employed as well as new challenges for the future. An additional part of the communication reports on results of a parallel research axis as concerns the behavioural ecology of A. salmon parrs using radio telemetry. [less ▲]

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See detailLong range seasonal movements of northern pike (Esox lucius L.) in the barbel zone of the River Ourthe (River Meuse basin, Belgium).
Ovidio, Michaël ULg

in Aquatic telemetry: advances and applications (2005)

In order to study the annual activity cycle and reproductive ecology of northern pike (Esox lucius L.) in the River Ourthe (Belgian Ardenne), 6 fish (579-742mm FL, 1605-4090g, 2 females and 4 males) were ... [more ▼]

In order to study the annual activity cycle and reproductive ecology of northern pike (Esox lucius L.) in the River Ourthe (Belgian Ardenne), 6 fish (579-742mm FL, 1605-4090g, 2 females and 4 males) were captured by electric fishing in November 2000 and January 2001. They were surgically implanted with a radio-transmitter and tracked for 149 to 349 days in a 30-km river stretch. During the pre-spawning period in winter, most movements were between distinct holding areas spaced from 40 to 550 m. All the pike began the upstream spawning migration between 8 February and 30 March 2001, when the mean water temperature varied from 6.7°C to 8.7 °C and the water flow from 52 to 199 m3s-1. The six pike travelled upstream, over distances ranging from 0.75 km to 15.7 km to reach their potential spawning sites. Pike arrived on their potential spawning sites between the 13 February and the 02 April 2001 and remained there from 5 to 25 days when the daily mean water temperature ranged from 2.9 to 10.0 °C. The six pike moved downstream after spawning and showed similar behaviour to those observed prior to spawning, but the distances between holding areas were more extended than during the winter pre-spawning period. When considering the entire tracking period, the longitudinal extension of the activity domains ranged 1 421 to 24 798 m (mean 12,050 m). This exploratory study provided original observations on northern pike movements in a barbel zone of the River Meuse basin. Results contrasted with the widely established view of pike being a sedentary predator and provides data on its behaviour throughout the annual cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailTurbulence et patron d’utilisation de l’habitat du saumon atlantique juvénile.
Roy, Mathieu; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Enders, Eva et al

Conference (2004, May)

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See detailUtilisation de l’habitat par la truite commune. Apport de la biotélémétrie.
Ovidio, Michaël ULg

Conference (2004, January)

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See detailTurbulence et patron d’utilisation de l’habitat du saumon atlantique juvénile
Roy, M. L.; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Hallot, Eric ULg et al

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See detailEffects of a micro hydroelectric power plant upon population abundance, mobility and reproduction behaviour of European grayling T. thymallus and brown trout S. trutta in a salmonid river
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Paquer, Frédéric ULg; Capra, Hervé et al

in Garcia de Jalon, Diego; Vizcaino Martinez, Pilar (Eds.) International Symposium on Ecohydraulics. Aquatic habitat: Analysis & Restoration (2004)

This study examines the potential effects of a new micro hydroelectric power plant (MHPP) on the behaviour (habitat use, movements) and population abundance of European grayling (T. thymallus) and brown ... [more ▼]

This study examines the potential effects of a new micro hydroelectric power plant (MHPP) on the behaviour (habitat use, movements) and population abundance of European grayling (T. thymallus) and brown trout (S. trutta) in the Lhomme (Belgian Ardennes). Thirteen grayling and five brown trout were captured before their spawning period and were manually radio-tracked up to 6 times a week. Population density and biomass were estimated into two different sampling sectors with electric fishing, before and after the MHPP started up. The mobility patterns of grayling and trout in the reach of the river Lhomme influenced by the MHPP strongly contrasted with results obtained in an undisturbed river of the same type in the Belgian Ardennes. Movements were mostly restricted and rarely increased during the spawning period. Spawning took place, but was disturbed by hydropeakings. The population biomass of grayling and trout decreased by 61 % and 23 % respectively, five months after the start-up of the MHPP exploitation. [less ▲]

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See detailSpawning movements of European grayling Thymallus thymallus in the River Aisne (Belgium)
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Parkinson, Denis; Sonny, Damien et al

in Folia Zoologica (2004), 53(1), 87-98

In three consecutive years (1998 to 2000), 20 adult grayling Thymallus thymallus (L.) (FL +/- SD: 326 +/- 43 mm) were radio-tracked during circum reproduction period (February to May) in the River Aisne ... [more ▼]

In three consecutive years (1998 to 2000), 20 adult grayling Thymallus thymallus (L.) (FL +/- SD: 326 +/- 43 mm) were radio-tracked during circum reproduction period (February to May) in the River Aisne, Belgium. Before the spawning period, grayling remained consistently in the pool-riffle sequence in which they had been captured. Pre-spawning migration time extended from 7 to 29 March. Distances travelled during the spawning migration ranged from 70 to 4980 in (mean +/- S.E.: 1234 +/- 328 m). Spawning migrations stalled under conditions of decreasing water level and increasing water temperature in a thermal range (daily mean Tdegrees) from 5 to 8 degreesC. Spawners remained from 1 to 31 days (mean +/- S.D.: 10.4 +/- 9.8 days) at the spawning grounds and performed a post-spawning homing from 28 March to 18 April in decreasing water flow and in a thermal range (daily mean Tdegrees) from 7 to 11 degreesC. This study demonstrates that migration patterns of grayling are similar between years, but with a timing adjusted as a response to annual variations of the hydroclimatic conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLong range seasonal movements of northern pike (Esox lucius L.) in the barbel zone of the River Ourthe (River Meuse basin, Belgium).
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg

Conference (2003, June)

In order to study the annual activity cycle and reproductive ecology of northern pike (Esox lucius L.) in the River Ourthe (Belgian Ardenne), 6 fish (579-742mm FL, 1605-4090g, 2 females and 4 males) were ... [more ▼]

In order to study the annual activity cycle and reproductive ecology of northern pike (Esox lucius L.) in the River Ourthe (Belgian Ardenne), 6 fish (579-742mm FL, 1605-4090g, 2 females and 4 males) were captured by electric fishing in November 2000 and January 2001. They were surgically implanted with a radio-transmitter and tracked for 149 to 349 days in a 30-km river stretch. During the pre-spawning period in winter, most movements were between distinct holding areas spaced from 40 to 550 m. All the pike began the upstream spawning migration between 8 February and 30 March 2001, when the mean water temperature varied from 6.7°C to 8.7 °C and the water flow from 52 to 199 m3s-1. The six pike travelled upstream, over distances ranging from 0.75 km to 15.7 km to reach their potential spawning sites. Pike arrived on their potential spawning sites between the 13 February and the 02 April 2001 and remained there from 5 to 25 days when the daily mean water temperature ranged from 2.9 to 10.0 °C. The six pike moved downstream after spawning and showed similar behaviour to those observed prior to spawning, but the distances between holding areas were more extended than during the winter pre-spawning period. When considering the entire tracking period, the longitudinal extension of the activity domains ranged 1 421 to 24 798 m (mean 12,050 m). This exploratory study provided original observations on northern pike movements in a barbel zone of the River Meuse basin. Results contrasted with the widely established view of pike being a sedentary predator and provides data on its behaviour throughout the annual cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation et utilisation du micro-habitat du saumon atlantique (Salmo salar) selon la stucture turbulente del'écoulement.
Brown, Julie; Boyer, Claudine; Enders, Eva et al

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See detailDiel activity of Sarpa salpa (Sparidae) by ultrasonic telemetry in a Posidonia oceanica meadow of Corsica (Mediterranean Sea)
Jadot, Catherine; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Voss, Jacques ULg

in Aquatic Living Resources (2002), 15(6), 343-350

In the Mediterranean Sea, the fish Sarpa salpa (Sparidae) is the only vertebrate grazer of Posidonia oceanica meadows. In order to gain knowledge about the behaviour of S. salpa and a better understanding ... [more ▼]

In the Mediterranean Sea, the fish Sarpa salpa (Sparidae) is the only vertebrate grazer of Posidonia oceanica meadows. In order to gain knowledge about the behaviour of S. salpa and a better understanding of the meadow's primary production recycling, an original study was designed using ultrasonic telemetry to investigate activity patterns and space utilisation in the field. During June-September 2000, we compared diel movements of, six adult S. salpa (249-317 nim FL and 313-633 g) in the Bay of Calvi. These fish were tagged by intraperitoneal insertion of ultrasonic transmitters. Their positions were recorded with a directional hydrophone from a small boat with an accuracy between 10 and 50 m, depending on the local environment. The tracking duration ranged from 3 to 22 days (average 11.8 +/- 7.3). Locations were performed from at least dawn to dusk or early night, and one fish was tracked during the entire 24-h cycle. Fish were more mobile during the twilight periods, but statistical analysis indicated individual differences for the precise period of mobility. Two major behavioural patterns were observed: first, the fish remained in close vicinity of the harbour during the day and moved away to the north or the south at dusk to access nocturnal sites, occupying a home range of about 4.3 ha. The second behavioural pattern involved persistent occupation of the same sites during day and night within a relatively restricted home range (about 0.8 ha). Great variation in mobility was found and the same individual fish could show both kinds of behaviour. (C) 2002 Ifremer/CNRS/Inra/IRD/Cemagref/Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of small physical obstacles on upstream movements of six species of fish - Synthesis of a 5-year telemetry study in the River Meuse basin
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg

in Hydrobiologia (2002), 483(1-3), 55-69

In the course of the 'Meuse Salmon 2000' programme, most weirs and dams (3-8 m in height) in the regulated River Meuse have been progressively equipped with new fishways in order to restore the free ... [more ▼]

In the course of the 'Meuse Salmon 2000' programme, most weirs and dams (3-8 m in height) in the regulated River Meuse have been progressively equipped with new fishways in order to restore the free circulation of all amphibiotic fish species. Nevertheless, fish entering into major spawning tributaries are still confronted with various kinds of physical obstacles of which the overall impact on fish migration has never been investigated. In order to test their ability to negotiate physical obstacles, 128 individuals of fish ( Salmo trutta, Thymallus thymallus, Salmo salar, Chondrostoma nasus, Barbus barbus and Esox lucius) were captured several weeks before their spawning migrations and tagged with radio-transmitters. They were tracked from 30 to 466 days in the River Ourthe and six spawning tributaries over the period October 1995 to June 2001. All obstacles recorded in this study have been classified according to their type and main characteristics (i.e. slope, length and height). Results indicated that most fish migrate during or outside the spawning period and that some small obstacles are not as insignificant as initially thought and can significantly disrupt and/or obstruct their upstream movements. There is a need to harmonize interests in the sustainable conservation of fish populations and the development of small-scale hydropower generation and tourism. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of sexual genotype on the behaviour of females (genotype WZ) and pseudofemales (genotype ZZ) in the tilapia Oreochromis aureus
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Desprez, Damien; Mélard, Charles ULg et al

in Aquatic Living Resources (2002), 15(3), 163-167

17alpha-ethynylestradiol sex-reversed males of Oreochromis aureus (pseudofemales, DeltaF, genotype ZZ) are used in aquaculture to produce a male monosex population by crossing with ZZ homogametic normal ... [more ▼]

17alpha-ethynylestradiol sex-reversed males of Oreochromis aureus (pseudofemales, DeltaF, genotype ZZ) are used in aquaculture to produce a male monosex population by crossing with ZZ homogametic normal males. When placed with males (M) and females (F) in the same spawning tank, the spawning rate of F is higher than for DeltaF. In order to understand this phenomenon, comparisons were made between the behaviour of 18 F (446 +/- 96 mm) and 18 DeltaF (401 +/- 59 mm). DeltaF showed a more aggressive behaviour and were significantly more dominant than normal F in fighting pair experiments (F x DeltaF) or in fighting group experiments in four different stocking densities (8, 12, 16 and 83 fish 10(-3) l with F/DeltaF ratio = 1). DeltaF were also more aggressive towards males than F were. The results support the idea that behavioural differences exist between F and DeltaF These differences are probably due to the effect of the sexual genotype on behaviour. (C) 2002 Ifremer/CNRS/Inra/IRD/Cemagref/Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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