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The Technical University of Denmark is a modern self-governed university that operates at a high international level in a wide array of research areas within science and technology. It is ranked in the top 20 technical institutes internationally. The Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU-Aqua) provides research, education and advice concerning sustainable exploitation of living marine and fresh water resources. DTU-Aqua conducts research in the interactions between the aquatic environment, productivity and variation in fish stocks, methods for fish stock assessment, development of methods for sustainable fisheries management and stock enhancement. The institute conducts the Danish national monitoring on fish and fisheries for the EU. DTU-Aqua has extensive experience in coordinating and managing scientific programmes, including the coordination of EU framework programmes.

Contribution to the project: DTU-Aqua coordinates MYFISH and leads WPs 2 and 6. In WPs 1 to 3, DTU-Aqua will focus in the North Sea on multispecies modelling the effect of variation and marine mammals on constraints and production, the ability of trait based methods to provide MSY estimates and the effect of behavioural adaptations of the fishery, in the Baltic Sea on multispecies modelling and the effect of the behaviour of fisheries on implementation and on fleet capacity in relation to constraints in the Widely Ranging Fish Region.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr. Anna Rindorf<, Project Coordinator, has investigated species interactions, spatial distribution and growth of a range of commercially exploited fish stocks in the North Sea. She has primarily worked with sandeel, cod and whiting, three species which represent an important prey, a fish predator and a species which is both prey and predator, respectively. She is the author of 16 peer-reviewed publications, Assistant Editor of the Journal of Fish Biology and co-chairs the ICES WG on Multispecies Assessment Methods (WGSAM). She has a graduate diploma in business administration and is the international Coordinator of the Marifish ERAnet project DEFINEIT (www. defineit.dk) and the Danish national collaborative project SUNFISH.
  • Fritz Köster, Director of DTU-Aqua, works on species interactions and recruitment processes in marine fish stock dynamics and the interaction between intermediate and upper trophic levels in a variable environment. He is a delegate of Denmark in ICES, acts as principal investigator in a series of FP7 research projects such as MEECE, VECTORS and EURO-BASIN and represents Denmark in different international science coordination groups, such as the EraNet BONUS Steering Committee, the EFARO board and the FP7 project MARCOM+.
  • Dr. Clara Ulrich has been involved in several projects relative to management strategies evaluation, mixedfisheries, fleets dynamics and fish stock assessment. She is member of the STECF plenary and co-chair of the ICES Working Group for the Assessment of Demersal fish stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak (WGNSSK), and is an active member of several ICES and STECF working groups. She has been actively involved in FP6 and FP7 projects (e.g. AFRAME, EFIMAS, JAKFISH) and is author of 20 peer-reviewed publications.
  • Morten Vinther has extensive knowledge of North-East Atlantic fisheries and management through his work in ICES with fish stock assessments and as scientific advisor for the Danish Ministry of Fisheries. He developed the stochastic multi species model SMS used today by ICES to estimate natural mortality in the North Sea and the Baltic, is responsible for the assessment of blue whiting and is the Danish ACOM member.
  • Dr. Stefan Neuenfeldt ocuses on predator-prey spatial overlap and its impact on species interactions and ecosystem functioning. He is the author of more than 30 publications, hereof 16 in peer-reviewed journals, an active member of the ICES multispecies WG and project coordinator of the FP7 project FACTS.
  • Dr. Ken H. Andersen is a theoretical ecologist specializing in problems related to fisheries. His recent research focuses on developing a community ecological approach for marine ecosystems from size- and trait-based principles. He is the author of 30+ journal papers and an active participant in ICES working groups and advice drafting work.
  • Lotte Worsøe Clausen has chaired a series of ICES workshops related to evaluation of LTMPs (WKHELP, WKWATSUP) and has just terminated 4 years chairmanship of the ICES Herring Assessment Working Group (HAWG) and is member of several other ICES working groups. She is actively involved in the FP7 project GAP2, leading a case-study related to a LTMP on herring. In her work, she has focused on uniting assessment and advisory work with state-of-the-art science, making scientce operatioanal in management decisions.
  • Ole Henrik Haslund is the Project Manager holds extensive experience in negotiation and coordination of Framework collaboration (FP6 & FP7) and has international experience with science collaboration within inter alia the UN system. He has a background as marine biologist within secondary production and plankton ecology.

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.