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    After the consultation

    All of this information is analysed by the competent authorities, which take a decision and follow up on it. In particular, they will issue a declaration summarising the way in...
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    Fish to be protected

    More than 140 fish species occur in the Belgian part of the North Sea. These constitute an important natural resource. Many fish species - such as plaice and sole - are therefore...
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    Our sea in a nutshell

    The Belgian part of the North Sea is about as big as an average Belgian province (3,454 km2). It covers about 0,5% of the total area of the North Sea and includes the territorial...
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    A world on and under the water

    The Belgian part of the North Sea is a shallow sea with a depth between 20 and 45 meters. Under the water surface, our sea can best be compared to a gently rolling landscape with...
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    Biodiversity of the North Sea

    BIODIVERSITY OF THE NORTH SEA The North Sea is home to a rich biodiversity. It is teeming with life: from sea anemones and seahorses through cod and porpoises to seals and many...
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    Nuisance because of ultrasound and infrasound

    Because infrasound and ultrasound are difficult to hear, they do not cause noise nuisance in the ordinary sense of this word. Yet they can cause physical complaints such as pain,...
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    Habitat types to be protected

    Sand banks Description and occurrence Sand banks occur in many places in Europe, but we find these more abundant in the southern North Sea (North-French, Belgian and South-Dutch...
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    To protect sea birds

    The great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) Description and occurrence of the species The great crested grebe is a medium sized bird with a slender neck and pointed beak. In...
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    To protect marine mammals

    Harbour porpoise (Phocaena phocaena) The harbour porpoise is the smallest cetacean of the North Sea. This species is found in cold and temperate shallow sea areas of the North...
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    North Sea publications

    North sea publications  What influence does the sea have on our world and how do you impact the sea with your daily choices? Expanding your knowledge on this subject is...