With their research, scientists at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries support policymakers in integrating fisheries into comprehensive marine management. The knowledge gained is always the basis for further considerations.
Analyses of fish stocks and forecasts of their development are embedded in studies of the ecosystems in which they live.
The next level encompasses economic considerations: Experts analyse production systems and the behaviour of actors under different biological, economic and normative conditions along the value chain from catch to plate.
The economic analyses are in turn part of the overall consideration of marine use concepts. They address the question of how different protection and use requirements cumulatively affect each other and what optimal solutions could look like.
Dr. Vanessa Stelzenmüller
Project leader and leader work package 4
Vanessa Stelzenmüller focusses on ecosystem-based fisheries management and marine spatial planning, especially the spatial dimension of fishing activities and their interaction with other forms of use and marine ecosystems in the North Sea. She develops quantitative and adaptive methods to implement the ecosystem approach in fisheries and marine management. Furthermore, she works on spatial models of marine resources and fishing activities, using e.g. geostatistic methods and geographic information systems (GIS), as well as on spatially explicit decision-support tools for managing the use of marine resources. Part of her research interest is also the assessment of spatial planning measures with reference to fisheries and living marine resources.
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Dr. Henrike Rambo
Henrike Rambo deals with marine spatial planning and its interaction with fisheries, other uses and the marine environment. The focus is on the sustainable use of resources and the protection of marine ecosystems. She develops spatial modelling approaches for the representation of species distributions and biodiversity patterns and evaluates spatial planning measures in relation to fish and fisheries. In addition, she works on decision-making aids for spatial management.
M. Sc. Jonas Letschert
Jonas Letschert focuses on the analysis of marine socio-ecological systems. He examines movements and behaviour of fishing fleets on the basis of vast data sets. In the next step he develops agent-based models.
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Dr. Rabea Diekmann
Rabea Diekmann's main scientific interest is the influence of anthropogenic and climatic factors on the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. For this, she uses different statistical modeling techniques, including time series analysis. She investigates various pressure and state indicators for their suitability to define a good environmental status (implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive).
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