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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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See detailL'impact des aménagements hydro-électriques sur la dynamique des populations de poissons et la qualité de leurs habitats.
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Orban, Patrice; Lambot, Francis et al

Conference (2010, October)

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See detailBases biologiques et éco-hydrauliques pour la restauration de la continuité piscicole en rivière : premier bilan et perspectives.
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Orban, Patrice et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2009), 101(juillet-août), 18-29

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See detailBases biologiques et éco-hydrauliques pour la restauration de la continuité piscicole en rivière : premier bilan et perspectives en Région Wallonne (Belgique).
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Denoel, Philippe et al

Conference (2008, October)

Dans le prolongement de la Directive Benelux d’avril 1996 (libre circulation des poissons migrateurs) et de la Directive Cadre sur l’Eau de l’Union Européenne (2000/60/CE), le rétablissement de la ... [more ▼]

Dans le prolongement de la Directive Benelux d’avril 1996 (libre circulation des poissons migrateurs) et de la Directive Cadre sur l’Eau de l’Union Européenne (2000/60/CE), le rétablissement de la continuité piscicole dans nos cours d’eau fait partie des objectifs prioritaires de la Direction des Cours d’eau Non Navigables du Ministère de la Région Wallonne. Depuis 1997, différents acteurs, gestionnaires, sociétés de pêches et scientifiques abordent en profondeur cette problématique par l’exécution de différentes actions intégrées. Depuis environ 10 ans, un travail de terrain considérable est accompli pour le compte de la Région wallonne par la Fédération de Pêche Vesdre-Amblève (asbl) qui répertorie et géoréférence la totalité des obstacles physiques susceptibles de perturber la continuité piscicole dans les cours d’eau de Wallonie. En parallèle, le Laboratoire de Démographie des Poissons et d’Hydroécologie (LDPH) de l’Université de Liège étudie l’impact biologique de certains de ces obstacles sur les populations de poissons, principalement en utilisant la technique du radio-pistage. Ces recherches permettent de mieux connaître les phénomènes de mobilité et de migrations des poissons de nos cours d’eau ainsi que leurs capacités à franchir en remontée des obstacles typologiquement très différents. Ces travaux permettent d’identifier les sites critiques qui doivent prioritairement êtres équipés de dispositifs de franchissement efficaces. Le contrôle scientifique du fonctionnement des passes migratoires nouvellement construites démontre clairement leurs effets positifs sur la qualité écologique et piscicole de la rivière. De tels résultats justifient fortement de multiplier ce type d’action de restauration écologique (hydromorphologique) dans d’autres cours d’eau. Au cours de notre exposé, nous présenterons, avec des résultats concrets, un premier bilan des travaux déjà effectués et nous dégagerons les perspectives à moyen et long terme en matière de libre circulation des poissons dans les cours d’eau wallons, non seulement en remontée mais aussi en descente (ou dévalaison). [less ▲]

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See detailUpstream migration of fish at natural obstructions and fish passes efficiency in Southern Belgium.
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Orban, Patrice; Lambot, Francis et al

Conference (2008, July)

Fragmentation of rivers by physical obstacles has resulted in the drastic range reduction or extinction of numerous diadromous and potadromous species of fish worldwide. In order to implement to partially ... [more ▼]

Fragmentation of rivers by physical obstacles has resulted in the drastic range reduction or extinction of numerous diadromous and potadromous species of fish worldwide. In order to implement to partially or completely re-establish the free movements of fish in the entire watercourse, the Walloon regional government (Southern Belgium) initiated an integrated restoration project whose objectives are 1) To perform a complete inventory of all obstacles that may potentially interfere with the longitudinal connectivity and the free movements of fish, 2) To test, using radio telemetry, the ability of representative fish species (Salmonidae, Thymallidae, Cyprinidae, Esocidae and Cottidae) to clear different typologies of physical obstacles, 3) To determine the problematic sites that should be improved with priority. 4) To construct fish passage facilities and to examine their biological efficiencies. During our talk we will synthesize the results of ten years of research and define the different options for the future. [less ▲]

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See detailThe restoration of the longitudinal connectivity in Southern Belgian rivers. Synthesis of a 10-years study and perspectives
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Orban, Patrice; Lambot, Francis et al

Conference (2008, June)

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See detailRegulated discharge produces important changes of fish community in the grayling zone of a small salmonid stream.
Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Capra, Hervé; Orban, Patrice et al

Conference (2006, June)

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See detailLes Eaux souterraines
Biron, J. P.; Bolly, P. Y.; Marcoen, Jean Marie ULg et al

in Bassin hydrographique de la Molignée. Volume 1. Facteurs abiotiques (2001)

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