Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research


Friday 16 December 2022
Construction of innovative research vessel RV Anna Weber-van Bosse
On 16 December 2022, the contract for the construction of the new Dutch ocean-going research vessel, the RV Anna Weber-van Bosse, was signed on Texel. After years of preparations, construction can now begin on this innovative, sustainable and unique…
Monday 28 November 2022
NWO grant for research project to understand Sargassum inundations in the Caribbean
Climate change or Natural Range Expansion? As of 2011, the Caribbean Sea regularly suffers from washed-up masses of seaweed, called Sargassum, that rot if left to accumulate on beaches and in harbors. As part of an international call, a Dutch-led…
Friday 25 November 2022
Minimizing light pollution in the Wadden Sea
More than 20 parties have signed a 'dark sky' declaration for the entire Wadden Sea. Dutch local authorities around the Wadden Sea have previously agreed to reduce or stop excessive light use. This is because light pollution affects birds and other…
Wednesday 23 November 2022
RV Anna Weber-van Bosse to be built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon
Earlier this week, the 20-day objection period expired for rejected shipyards to object to the preliminary award for the construction of oceangoing research vessel RV Anna Weber-van Bosse, the successor to the RV Pelagia. Therefore, it can now be…
Tuesday 22 November 2022
Adventurous bird personalities can help population cope with climate change
The areas in the Wadden Sea where red knots, plump migratory birds, spend the winter are under pressure. The Wadden Sea is changing due to human influences such as mining for gas, tourism and due to sea level rise. Researcher Selin Ersoy, ecologist…
Monday 21 November 2022
Giving land back to the sea: it sounds scary, but results in a safer, more biodiverse coast
It has taken more than 30 years of talking and arguing, but by the end of this month the excavators will have finished removing the dykes of the Hedwige and Prosperpolder on the Dutch-Flemish border. On the rhythm of the tides, seawater once again…
Wednesday 16 November 2022
New modular AUV for Dutch marine research community
This week, the contract has been signed for the manufacturing of an autonomous underwater vehicle. After delivery in 2024, the AUV will greatly enhance Dutch scientific research in oceans and on the sea floor. The device can be deployed autonomous…
Wednesday 16 November 2022
Tree reefs become oases of life in the subtidal Wadden Sea
Researchers from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), the University of Groningen, and Utrecht University have constructed artificial reefs made of pear-trees in the subtidal Dutch Wadden Sea in a novel experiment as part of the…
Monday 07 November 2022
Spectacular skate returns to North Sea
The skate is a ray that can easily reach a meter in length, up to almost three meters from head to tail. This spectacular fish is returning to the North Sea. An analysis of historical data, by NIOZ researchers Anieke van Leeuwen and Roeland Bom,…
Monday 07 November 2022
Coasts, seas and oceans play a crucial role in climate
The sea is fundamental to the Earth's systems that regulate our climate. But this delicate balance is increasingly at risk from human activities. All plans to stabilise the Earth's climate also depend on the ocean continuing to remove CO2 from the…