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See detailHistorical evolution of fish biodiversity and capture periodicity in the River Meuse (Belgium) as revealed by 15 consecutive years of fishpass monitoring
Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg; Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg et al

Conference (2015, June)

In the River Meuse at 323km upstream from the North Sea, the hydroelectric dam of Lixhe (rated power of 5300KW) is equipped with two fishpasses: one pool and weir fishpass (in operation since 1980; 0.13m³ ... [more ▼]

In the River Meuse at 323km upstream from the North Sea, the hydroelectric dam of Lixhe (rated power of 5300KW) is equipped with two fishpasses: one pool and weir fishpass (in operation since 1980; 0.13m³.s-1 operating flow) and one vertical slot fishpass (in operation since 1998; 1m3.s-1 operating flow). Both fishpasses were scientifically monitored using capture traps during 15 consecutive years (from 1999 to 2014). The objective of the study is to analyse i) the evolution of fish stock and biodiversity over 15 years and ii) the capture periodicity of fish and it’s variation over years. During the considered period, we observed 36 species at adult stage (88597 individuals with 75% of cyprinids) and 13 species at juvenile (0+) stage (335067 individuals with 90% of cyprinids). Global results between 1999 and 2014 showed a drastic reduction in capture per year (>90%) for some species like Anguilla Anguilla, Alburnus alburnus, Blicca bjoerkna, Rutilus rutilus and Tinca tinca. Whereas other species have emerged like Aspius aspius and Silurus glanis. For the 0+, an important interannual variation is observed from few individuals to several tens of thousands per year. The comparison between both fishpasses indicated a greater use (>50%) of the vertical slot fishpass by rheophilic species and species that have good swimming ability. The analysis of capture periodicity for the most abundant species at adult stage demonstrated the presence of stable behaviours between years for the Abramis abrama and B. bjoerkna respectively a Q50 of the capture day of the year from 108th to 144th day at mean=17°C and from 118th to 155th day at mean=18°C. In contrast other species have patterns more variables (Barbus barbus: Q50 from 96th to 266th day; R. rutilus: from 10th and 309th day). Finally the 0+ exhibited a capture periodicity stable in time during the summer. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes yellow eel prefer old pool and weir or new vertical slot fish pass during their upstream migration?
Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg; Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2015, June)

The hydroelectric dam of Lixhe in the River Meuse, 323km upstream from the North Sea at the entry of Belgium near the frontier with the Netherlands is equipped with two basin fish-passes: – the old pool ... [more ▼]

The hydroelectric dam of Lixhe in the River Meuse, 323km upstream from the North Sea at the entry of Belgium near the frontier with the Netherlands is equipped with two basin fish-passes: – the old pool-and-weir configuration (OFP) operates at low discharge (0.13m3/s) and – the new vertical-slot configuration (NFP) operating at high discharge (1m3/s) with attraction flow (1.5m3/s). However, the utilization rate of these fish-passes by the incoming yellow eels remains unknown, because the trap of NFP is not adapted to retain anguillids and small species. Yet, such knowledge is crucial to improve the inland colonization of the species and to increase our understanding of fish-pass utilization given its particular swimming mode. In season 2013, eels caught two times a week using a cone-trap pool in the OFP and net traps in the NFP, were tagged and released the same day 0.3km downstream (n = 396eels). The utilization of OFP and NFP was studied using automatic RFID transponder detection antennas placed in upstream basins of the fish-passes, during years 2013 and 2014. Results revealed that the OFP was the preferred migration route of eels (eel numbers, OFP:NFP, 2013= 88:51 and 2014= 41:16, χ²-test, p<0.0001), which was also used earlier in season. Eels displayed fidelity to their catch fish-passes (>70% of the detected eels, annually). Detection rate was high in the year of eel tagging (2013: 35.1%) before decreasing in the following year (2014: 14.4%). Eels used these fish-passes the night from 22:00 to 04:00, at 14-26°C, river flow <200m³/s and whenever waxing and waning phases of moonlight. Our results provide insight into the utilization of fish-passes by migrating eels. The study suggests further reflection before removing the old fish-pass in large rivers and to think about the eel attractiveness and comfort when the construction of a new fish pass is planned. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation de l’abondance du stock des anguilles recrutées par migration de remontée dans la Meuse en Wallonie et réalisation des essais de repeuplement en juvéniles. Rapport final du projet financé par le Fonds européen pour la Pêche (Code projet: 32-1102-002)
Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

Report (2015)

Ce rapport final présente les résultats des recherches menées par le Laboratoire de Démographie des Poissons et d’Hydroécologie (LDPH) de l’Unité de Biologie du comportement dans le cadre d’un projet co ... [more ▼]

Ce rapport final présente les résultats des recherches menées par le Laboratoire de Démographie des Poissons et d’Hydroécologie (LDPH) de l’Unité de Biologie du comportement dans le cadre d’un projet co-financé par le Fonds Européen pour la Pêche (FEP) et le Service Public de Wallonie, Département de la Nature et des Forêts (code projet : 32-1102-002) intitulé «Estimation de l’abondance du stock des anguilles recrutées par migration de remontée dans la Meuse en Wallonie et réalisation des essais de repeuplement en juvéniles. » [less ▲]

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See detailConvention relative à la réhabilitation du Saumon atlantique dans le bassin de la Meuse (Rapport 2014-2015)
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg; Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

Report (2015)

Le présent rapport d’activités intègre les travaux des deux équipes universitaires de Namur et de Liège dans la cadre de la convention relative à la réhabilitation du saumon atlantique dans le bassin de ... [more ▼]

Le présent rapport d’activités intègre les travaux des deux équipes universitaires de Namur et de Liège dans la cadre de la convention relative à la réhabilitation du saumon atlantique dans le bassin de la Meuse au cours de la période février 2014- janvier 2015 [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la qualité biologique des rivières wallonnes sur base des indices biologiques poissons. Support technique aux inventaires 2014.
Rimbaud, Gilles ULg; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

Report (2014)

Ce rapport final présente les résultats des inventaires piscicoles effectués en juin-juillet et en septembre-octobre 2014 ainsi que le calcul des indices biologiques « poissons » (IBIP et EFI).

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See detailUsing intensive multiyear fish-pass monitoring to analyse seasonal upstream movement patterns of patrimonial holobiotic potomadromous fish species in a medium size river
Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg; Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ecohydraulics (2014, June)

Belgian rivers are fragmented by numerous obstacles which considerably limit the free access of fish to functional habitats. Fish-passes are major tools used to increase stream continuity and improve ... [more ▼]

Belgian rivers are fragmented by numerous obstacles which considerably limit the free access of fish to functional habitats. Fish-passes are major tools used to increase stream continuity and improve connectivity in the upstream direction. Using two modern multispecies fish-passes, this study aims to investigate multiyear abundance of holobiotic potamodromous fish and their seasonal movement patterns in relation with environmental factors. The fish passes were monitored continuously during 5 and 7 years and are located in two Belgian streams: the (19.3m³.s-1) and the Berwinne (1.9m³.s-1). Results revealed the presence of 20 different fish species, 14 species in the Berwinne and 19 species in the occurrence, salmonids and cyprinids species were predominant. A great interspecific and intraspecific variability in capture periodicity and in terms of stimulation by combination of factor environmental was observed. This study highlights the complexity and the omnipresence of holobiotic potamodromous fish movements at different life stages, in medium size river and brings new information on fish passes efficiency and use by these poorly known species. [less ▲]

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See detailArrival of european eel in Belgian Part of the Meuse: who and how are they?
Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ecohydraulics (2014, June)

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See detailEvaluation de la qualité biologique des rivières wallonnes sur base des indices biologiques poissons. Support technique aux inventaires 2012.
Rimbaud, Gilles ULg; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

Report (2012)

Ce rapport a pour objectif l’évaluation de la qualité biologique des eaux de surface basée sur les indices biologiques « poissons » dans un certain nombre de cours d’eau de Wallonie. Il résulte d’une ... [more ▼]

Ce rapport a pour objectif l’évaluation de la qualité biologique des eaux de surface basée sur les indices biologiques « poissons » dans un certain nombre de cours d’eau de Wallonie. Il résulte d’une convention entre le Service public de Wallonie et l’Université de Liège. [less ▲]

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See detailBehavioural adaptations of rheophilic fish radio-tracked in a river highly fragmented by hydroelectric plants. Outcomes of a partial reopening of their migration routes.
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg; Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ecohydraulics (2012, September)

Using water resources for hydroelectricity production influences and limits the quality and quantity of habitat available for use by fishes and influences fish mobility. In the Amblève (River Meuse basin ... [more ▼]

Using water resources for hydroelectricity production influences and limits the quality and quantity of habitat available for use by fishes and influences fish mobility. In the Amblève (River Meuse basin, Belgium), the major part of the river is fragmented by hydroelectric power plants that largely prevent the biological movements of the fish population. In 2007, in the hydroelectric site of Lorcé, a modern pool-type fish pass was constructed, re-establishing the upstream movements of fish after more than 80 years of total obstruction. Sixteen different fish species promptly used the new fish pass and the objective of our study was to analyse their behavioural tactics and spawning activity once released upstream of the dam in a previously inaccessible environment. The study focussed on rheophilic holobiotic species, the nase (Chondrostoma nasus), the barbel (Barbus barbus), the European grayling (Thymallus thymallus) and the brown trout (Salmo trutta), which are highly representative of the fish population of the river. The fish were radio-tagged and intensively located using manual tracking techniques during their circum reproduction periods. The results indicate that most individuals of the different species seem to have found usable spawning areas and exploited a large part of the newly usable river stretch (as well as tributaries) located upstream of the fish pass. However, a major problem was observed during the post-spawning period, when the tracked individuals tried to reach their original departure sites (located downstream of the fish pass). The absence of a downstream migration device combined with the passage of all the water through the turbine severely disrupted their post-reproductive movements. [less ▲]

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