The CLUPEA, which began service in 2012, is the newest, and with a length of 28.80 m, the smallest, German fisheries research vessel

It is specialized in coastal research and particularly designed to test the most modern methods of catching and selection technology. Different types of nets, long lines, oceanographic sensors and equipment for underwater observations are used.

The shallow Bodden coast of the Baltic Sea is the important operational area for the CLUPEA because, with its low flotation depth, it can travel well in these waters. But the ship is also designed for use in the North Sea. On research cruises in coastal areas, the ship generally spends the night in harbor, but multiple day trips are also possible. The CLUPEA is at sea on about 290 days each year.

The name CLUPEA derives from the scientific name for Herring. Clupea harengus was traded in large quantities in Europe in the Middle Ages and it is today the important “bread fish” (staple) of the German coastal fishery.


The Clupea at a glance

Year of Construction: 2012
Owner: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, managed by BLE
Operator: Thünen-Institute
Port of Registry: Rostock-Marienehe
Length: 28,8 m
Beam: 7,88 m
Draught: max. 2,3 m
Speed: 11 kn
Nautical Crew: 4-5 Members
Scientists: 4 Persons


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