JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LANDLICHE RAUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

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vTI-SF prepares decision support for the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) with respect to the Common Fisheries Policy of the EU and international marine conventions (i.e. NEAFC, NAFO, CCAMLR, OSPAR, IWC, ASCOBANS) of which Germany is a member. Through its scientific monitoring programmes and research activities, the institute contributes to increasing knowledge about ecology and economy of marine systems. The institute enunciates research-based advice to the European Commission (STECF and other EU advisory boards) and provides a significant part of the German contribution to the advice on fisheries and marine ecosystems under the auspices of ICES. vTI-SF takes part in international research projects funded by EU and other agencies in order to resolve specific questions regarding the management of marine living resources and to further improve the scientific basis of its advice (e.g. GLOBEC-Germany, UNCOVER, ADVICE, P-BOX, VECTORS). Presently, vTI-SF coordinates a number of activities in the EU-Projects COEXIST, MESMA and VECTORS. vTI-SF research expertise particularly relevant to MYFISH includes fisheries economy, food web modeling, effects of multiple uses on marine resources and fisheries, climate effects on fish communities as well as impact assessment of fisheries management strategies.

Contribution to the project: vTI-SF will contribute to WP1 to 4. The work will focus on the parameterization of an ecospace model for the southern North Sea for multi species and multi fleet optimizations of yield under different weightings of social, economic and ecological constraints. vTI SF will deal with “Spatial measures” as alternative way to reach MSY and GES. As North Sea Regional leader vTI-SF will organize the synthesis for this case study. In addition, vTI-SF will participate in the socio- economic impact assessment in the Baltic.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr. Alexander Kempf has been involved in the EU projects BECAUSE and UNCOVER. In both projects he was responsible for multi-species modelling for the North Sea. He has investigated the consequences of species interactions for fisheries management. At vTI-SF he is responsible for the assessment of demersal stocks in the North Sea, effort management, the evaluation of long-term management plans and the implementation of the MSY concept inside an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.
  • Dr. Gerd Kraus is the director of the Institute. He has long-standing experience in marine ecology and fisheries research. His scientific experience covers the fields of reproduction, recruitment and population dynamics of marine fish stocks, as well as modelling and evaluation of marine protected areas for fishery management purposes. Dr. Kraus has contributed substantially to recent EU projects (e.g. COEXIST, UNCOVER, BECAUSE, PROTECT, BALANCE) and coordinated a number of work packages and case studies.
  • Dr. Ralf Döring is leading the fisheries economics unit at the institute and has worked mainly on the implementation of the ecosystem-based-approach to fisheries management and impact assessment of management measures on fishing fleets. He works on the economic consequences of the introduction of long term fisheries management plans and the valuation of long term gains compared to short term costs (discounting). He has coordinated several research projects and was responsible for the German contribution to a concerted action on the economic performance of European fishing fleets.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.