EMF Effects on Marine Life

The effect of artificial electromagnetic fields on the early-life stage development of electro- and magneto-sensitive North Sea species

The project evaluates the potential impact of energy development at sea on reproduction and conservation of electro- and magneto-sensitive species that cohabit offshore wind farms in the Belgian Part of the North Sea. In the framework of EDEN2000, it investigates the effects of the exposure to laboratory reproduced EMFs simulating current and future power cables on the early development of three species: the small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula), the European squid (Loligo vulgaris) and the European lobster (Homarus gammarus). During their embryonic or juvenile development, the study will record the effects of exposure on growth and morphology, survival, physiology, and behavior.