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


Monday 22 August 2022
Nature compensation for Maasvlakte 2 still not realized
The nature compensation for the construction of Maasvlakte 2, as agreed with the government in 2008, has not actually been realized. That is the conclusion that coastal ecologist Professor Tjisse van der Heide draws in a memorandum he wrote after…
Monday 22 August 2022
EU-Horizon Europe funding for ACTNOW project
Human activities have created unprecedented, cumulative threats resulting in stunning losses of biodiversity in our oceans. This is leading to well‐documented declines in seafood resources, losses of iconic and culturally valuable habitats, and…
Wednesday 17 August 2022
Exhibition draws attention to plastic pollution
Arnold Gronert spent years beachcombing near Petten (Noord-Holland), or looking for washed up birds and marine mammals. He made an enormous contribution to the strandings dataset, kept for decades at NIOZ and at Naturalis. The spectacular amounts of…
Friday 05 August 2022
Microbes don’t descend down with plastic particles into the deep sea
A bit of good news from the deep sea. Research has shown that microbes on floating plastic particles can be transported over long horizontal distances. New research carried out by Annika Vaksmaa (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research NIOZ) and…
Monday 01 August 2022
Illuminating the role of Woeseiales bacteria as sources of N2O in marine sediments
Pierre Offre was granted a four year research project by NWO into nitrous oxide producing bacteria. From the coastline to the deep-sea, the bacterial group referred to as Woeseiales is abundant in seafloor sediments, accounting for 10-20% of all…
Friday 29 July 2022
How coastal seas help the ocean in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
The biologically productive North Sea impacts the global climate through exchange of carbon and nutrients with the Atlantic Ocean. A Dutch consortium of scientists will investigate how big this role of the North Sea really is. Under the leadership of…
Wednesday 27 July 2022
Searching for seaweed with an armed expedition leader
On Edgeøya, a small island on the south-eastern side of the Spitsbergen archipelago, marine ecologist Lauren Wiesebron, PhD candidate at the Estuarine & Delta Systems department in Yerseke, searched for seaweeds this summer. She wants to investigate…
Monday 18 July 2022
Tons of nanoplastic floating in the Wadden Sea
In the Wadden Sea, there’s about 20 tons of polystyrene and another 5 tons of PET floating in the form of invisible nano and micro particles are. That's the figure UU and NIOZ researchers calculate this month in the journal Science of the Total…
Friday 15 July 2022
BirdEyes; new research centre moved into former Friesland Bank building
BirdEyes is the new centre for interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research and post-Master’s teaching in the field of climate change. It is an initiative of Professor of Migratory Bird Ecology Theunis Piersma (NIOZ and University of…
Friday 08 July 2022
Researchers unravelled how deep-sea sponge grounds can survive far away from common food sources
Sponge grounds, areas with high densities of deep-sea sponges, are hotspots of biodiversity and biomass in the food deprived deep sea. They are just like oases in the desert. It was unknown how these sponge grounds could survive in this food-limited…