Status and trends of diadromous fishes in the Schelde basin


The Long-Term Vision (LTV) for the Schelde estuary is a Dutch-Flemish managerial plan. Its ultimate goal is to reconcile the apparent conflicting multiple functions of the estuary in sustainable integrated management. The LTV sets quality targets for the estuary in the year 2030 and the management measures to achieve them. These goals and management are integrated from three central perspectives: accessibility, flood management and ecology. In this framework, in the Memorandum of Vlissingen (2002) agreements were made about a long-term monitoring and research programm to support the cross-border cooperation of policy and management in the Scheldt-estuary. In addition to the three main perspectives, the decree also pays attention to themes like fisheries and recreation. The present project ‘Trekvis’ is part of the theme ‘fish and fisheries’ and was contracted by the Maritime Access Division of the Department of Public Works of the Flemish government to the Research Institute of Nature and Forest (INBO). This study aims to investigate the present status of diadromous fishes in the Schelde basin and to formulate measures for an integrated estuarine ecosystem management. Hereto, the causes for the local decline and extinction of the diadromous species were discussed and their present distribution in the Schelde basin was investigated in a field study. Based on this, a proposal for the monitoring of diadromous fishes and management actions are presented in order to come to a sustainable recovery of the diadromous fish populations in the Schelde basin.


Diadromous fishes, Schelde, migration barriers, migration, estuary, diadromy


Name Role Start End
Stevens, Maarten member 2007-01-01 2008-12-01


Name Role Start End
OG Beheer Aquatische Soorten & Ecosystemen member 2007-01-01 2008-12-01

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