Wageningen Marine Research, Maasvlakte 2 Nature Compensation Project, 2015-2018

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Data holding centreWageningen Marine Research, IJmuiden
CountryNetherlands  Netherlands
ProjectMaasvlakte 2 Nature Compensation Project(MV2 Benthos)
Time periodAnnual sampling in autumn, 2015-2018
Geographical area

Dutch coastal zone


Fish morphology, age and physiology; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Fish taxonomy-related counts


Balances and scales; rulers; CTD; beam trawls


The Port of Rotterdam has planned a westward extension of its harbour area, called Maasvlakte 2.The total area involved is about 2000 hectares. In order to compensate for the loss of nature a marine reserve was created in the Voordelta, a Nature 2000 site. To examine whether the impact of the extension of Maasvlakte 2 on the flora and fauna is sufficiently compensated by the provided nature compensations a monitoring- and evaluation program (MEP-MV2) was started. The fish sampling has been carried out in connection with the Demersal Young Fish Survey (DYFS) in the North Sea coastal zone. Sampling standards followed the DYFS protocol. A CTD was attached to the net, recording salinity and temperature at different depths. Secchi depth has also been registered. Baseline studies (2004, 2005) were carried out to determine T0-situation and to examine if the results are sufficient for the subsequent impact studies, followed by a T1 study in which two surveys per year using shrimp trawls have been carried out in spring and late summer from 2009 till 2013, to monitor the fish community.

OriginatorsWageningen Marine Research, IJmuiden

Https:// (2018) Syntheserapport PMR NCV, Tulp, I.; Prins, T.C.; Craeymeersch, J.A.M.; IJff, S.; Sluis, M.T. van der

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OrganisationWageningen Marine Research, IJmuiden
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactIngrid Tulp (Dr)

Wageningen Marine Research, IJmuiden
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Collating centreNational Oceanographic Data Committee
Local identifierWMR_5760027
Global identifier7057
Last revised2020-06-05