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The Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme

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Fish spawning pond (“Vispaaiplaats”)

Monitoring results

First monitoring results showed a positive evolution with a high density of juvenile fish.
The Antwerp docks are classified under the bream-pike perch, deep-water fish stock type, and indeed the commonest types of fish found in the docks are bream (Abramis brama), ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus), roach (Rutilus rutilus), perch (Perca), zander (Sander), and eel (Anguilla). So far 6 species were captured in the pond: roach, perch, zander (1 juvenile), eel, European flounder (Platichthys flesus) and three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Perch, pike perch, and European flounder certainly use it for spawning or growing-up. Juvenile fish has been observed in substantial quantities. Because capturing methods so far were not optimal for very small fish, some species may have left yet unobserved.

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