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See detailThe use of behavioural metrics to evaluate fishway efficiency
Ovidio, Michaël ULiege; Sonny, Damien; Dierckx, Arnaud ULiege et al

in River Research & Applications (2017), 33(9), 1484-1493

Fishways are installed worldwide to facilitate accessibility to functional habitats and to increase the ecological continuity of rivers. Their evaluations are increasing, but complete studies in the field ... [more ▼]

Fishways are installed worldwide to facilitate accessibility to functional habitats and to increase the ecological continuity of rivers. Their evaluations are increasing, but complete studies in the field with wild individuals are still scarce. In the lower Bocq River (Belgium), a pool type fishway was installed in 2011. A combined passive‐integrated‐transponder‐tag and radio‐telemetry system was designed and installed downstream of the dam and in the fishway to analyse fine‐scale individual fish behaviour. Three fish species (brown trout, European grayling, and barbel) were captured in the river; n = 125 fish were tagged and released downstream of the fishway. Behavioural metrics were proposed and used in order to attain a comprehensive view on the efficiency of the fishway, including attraction and entrance efficiency, searching and passage delays, and overall and adjusted passage efficiency. The results indicate a major problem in terms of attraction efficiency (48.9% for the trout, 20.5% for the grayling, and 41.2% for the barbel) and time to find the entrance of the fishway (mean 65.1 hr for the trout and 538.9 r for the grayling). For fish that succeed to approach the entrance of the fishway, the passage efficiency was 86.9% for the trout, 55.5% for the grayling, and 7.1% for the barbel. The time taken to cross the structure was reasonable for the salmonids (mean < 1.5 hr for trout and grayling) but very long (21 hr) for the barbel. Our results underline the necessity of a holistic approach to evaluate fishway efficiency using precise comprehensive metrics and hydraulic characterization. [less ▲]

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See detailA field quantification of all inclusive fish-pass efficiency using a combined telemetry system
Ovidio, Michaël ULiege; Sonny, Damien; Dierckx, Arnaud ULiege et al

Conference (2017, July)

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See detailMonitoring de poissons par RFID au niveau du canal de fuite de la centrale de Coo dérivation
Ovidio, Michaël ULiege; Dierckx, Arnaud ULiege; Ballieu, Terry et al

Report (2015)

L’étude est réalisée en vue de la construction d’une passe à poisson, à l’amont du canal de fuite de la centrale Electrabel, en rive droite. La cascade de Coo, qui se situe à proximité immédiate du site ... [more ▼]

L’étude est réalisée en vue de la construction d’une passe à poisson, à l’amont du canal de fuite de la centrale Electrabel, en rive droite. La cascade de Coo, qui se situe à proximité immédiate du site d’étude, est un obstacle infranchissable naturel pour les poissons qui remontent l’Amblève et qui se retrouvent bloqués au pied de l’obstacle. L’étude du comportement des poissons dans le canal de fuite de la centrale Electrabel, pourrait permettre de déterminer l’efficacité et l’attractivité d’une future passe à poissons en vue de réaliser la capture/transport des poissons. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation de la microchimie de l'otolithe pour discriminer les populations de chabots au sein du bassin de la Meuse walonne
Sonny, Damien; Bologne, Guy; Duchesne, Jean-Clair ULiege et al

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (2006), 22(2), 39-50

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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 ULiege; Ovidio, Michaël ULiege; 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 detailSpawning movements of European grayling Thymallus thymallus in the River Aisne (Belgium)
Ovidio, Michaël ULiege; 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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