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Research at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fishery Science at UHAM combines a variety of methodological approaches in process-oriented investigations of dynamic interactions within marine food webs and between organisms and their physical environment. Laboratory, field and modelling studies examine how bottom-up, topdown and climate-driven processes interact to influence the dynamics of food webs (Baltic Sea, North Sea and elsewhere). Extensive knowledge and experience on how these processes can be implemented within integrated fisheries assessment and ecosystem based management, makes UHAM a highly valuable partner within MYFISH. UHAM collaborates in a variety of EU FP6 and FP7 fisheries/ecosystem research programs (in top 10, EU funding for University marine science institutes).

Contribution to the project: UHAM will work on the definition of potential Baltic Sea specific GES as well as economic indicators using their extensive experience in model building/application/parameterisation an Ecosystem mass balance model (EcoSim, Baltic Sea) a model of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon, North Sea) integrated Assessment and development and application of a Decision Support Tool to find the most appropriate path to reach desired MSY variants.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Prof. Christian Möllmann focuses on integrating environmental processes into ecosystem-based management and has participated in EU funded Baltic research projects since 1996 (e.g., BASIS, STORE) and European-wide projects on trophodynamic (BECAUSE) climate (RECLAIM) and stock management (UNCOVER) processes. He has coordinated the Baltic integrated assessment research as the chairperson of ICES/HELCOM “Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the Baltic Sea” (WGIAB), is the co-chair of ICES Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the North Sea (WGINOSE) and acts as a principle investigator in EUR-OCEANS network of excellence.
  • Prof. Axel Temming has a long-standing expertise in feeding ecology (diet selection, feeding rates), predator-prey interactions and population dynamics of commercially-exploited fish in the North and Baltic Seas. He has been a member of the ICES Multi Species Assessment WG since 1989 and has been the responsible scientist for several EU- and national (e.g., GLOBEC) projects. He coordinated “BECAUSE”, an EU program examining top-down processes in multi-species assemblages. He was the Chairman of the ICES working group on crangon fisheries and life history (2000-2005).
  • Dr. Jens Floeter focuses on the implementation of multispecies processes in fisheries assessment models and their application in the frame of integrated ecosystem assessment. This research has been performed within a number of EU programs: VECTORS, BECAUSE (assist. coordination), UNCOVER (WP leader) and LIFECO (WP leader). He is a member of the ICES Multi Species Assessment WG since 1997, as well as WGIAB and WGINOSE.

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.