11.06.2016 | WWF Service Event at hatchery Blue Linked
During his lecture, Michael Laterveer showed results of the succesfull culture of tarbot fish fry in Blue Linked's hatchery.
The guests of the WWF Service Event were welcomed by Rikkert van Erp (Account Manager, WWF), followed by Allard Stapel (Chief External Relations, WWF), who gave an explanation about the work of WWF in the Northe Sea. After that, Michael Laterveer - director Blue Linked - informed the visitors about the background of the hatchery. After all, what is the reason for culturing fish above a storage of bicycles in the middle of Utrecht city? Also, Michael explained the objectives of the project 'Sharks and rays back in the North Sea'.
Intern Katja van Rennes demonstrates how to measure a ray.
'Look! The baby shark in the egg is moving its tail!'
During the tour in the hatchery, the guests of the WWF Service Event showed much interest in the work that is carried out. The timing of the event couldn't be better: one day prior to it State Secretary Martijn van Dam (Ministry of Economic Affairs) announced the assignment of three protected areas in the North Sea: the Doggersbank, the Klaverbank and the Friese Front.
Intern Laurens de Mooij explains the visitors about the reseach on respiration of ray embryo's.
Intern Marinka Wapperop helps the guests to discover the rays under the sand in the aquaria above their heads.
According to their status, fisheries is allowed in just a few locations of the protected areas. Also, fishnets that cause damage to life on the seabed are not allowed. These indications are in perfect harmony with one of the aims of the project 'Sharks and rays back in the North Sea', that is: creating safe areas for these animals to live. 'As top predators shark and rays are essential for a healthy ecosystem', says Michael Laterveer.
The children give colour to the rays.
'Yes! I can see one!'
Technician Nico Leeuwenstein explains about the special water purification system.