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MijnVISmaat - Exotic fish occurrences in Belgium


MijnVISmaat - Exotic fish occurrences in Belgium is an occurrence dataset published by the Royal Dutch Angling Federation and the Flemish Research Institute of Nature and Forest (INBO). It contains alien freshwater fish occurrences recorded through MijnVISmaat, a mobile application used by anglers for catch registration. This app was developed and managed by the Royal Dutch Angling Association (Sportvisserij Nederland: With this app anglers register their catches with a smartphone to create their personal logbook of catches with location, species, length, weight, bait, depth and photos. The app also provides a social platform to share catches and information with fellow anglers. The dataset is part of an effort to mobilize alien species data for Belgium. Here it is published as a standardized Darwin Core Archive and includes for each record an occurrenceID, date, location, sampling protocol, the number of recorded individuals, status (present/absent) and scientific name. Issues with the dataset can be reported at We have released this dataset to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver. We would appreciate it if you follow the INBO norms for data use ( when using the data. If you have any questions regarding this dataset, don't hesitate to contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or via
Date available 01/01/2021
Geographical coverage Belgium


INBO Research theme(s)

  • Data & infrastructure

Taxonomic List

  • fishes (Pisces)


Remko Verspui
Dimitri Brosens
Tim Adriaens
Hugo Verreycken
Peter Desmet
Emiel Derks