Thünen Institutes, Aquatic Resources


The three fisheries institutes of the Thünen Institute use applied science to assess the impact of fisheries, aquaculture and other forms of ocean use on fish populations and aquatic ecosystems. They develop strategies for the sustainable development of aquatic production systems

Thünen Institutes of Sea Fisheries, of Fisheries Ecology, and of Baltic Sea Fisheries (TI Aquatic Resources)

Aim of Fisheries Research: The Thünen Institute (Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forests and Fisheries) works to develop a scientific basis for environmentally sustainable fisheries and to anchor the principle of ecological and economically sustainable production in ocean resources in national and international circles. Further important goals are to draw the use of fish populations into the general protection of the marine environment and to create basic principles for a sustainable development of aquaculture, the fastest growing sector of animal production throughout the world.

The results of our research result in risk-based management recommendations for living marine resources and in evaluation of the condition and function of aquatic ecosystems. They serve as an important basis for regulatory and environmental policy measures in the framework of European and national marine policy, such as the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)

In Germany the Thünen Institute is responsible for monitoring living marine resources and a large portion of the marine environment. For this purpose we study not only fish stocks, but also determine the physical condition of water bodies. As indicators for environmental pollution we determine the frequencies of fish diseases, pollution levels and radioactive material in fish and marine environments.

We cooperate with universities and marine research facilities both nationally and internationally and are part of the network of the European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organisation (EFARO). Our work is closely linked with international associations and conventions, such as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES); the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO); the marine protection conventions of Oslo-Paris (OSPAR) and Helsinki (HELCOM); the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCMLAR), and nationally in the German National-State measurement programme for the marine environment of the North and Baltic Seas (BLMP). The Thünen fisheries research thus makes essential contributions to long term scientific evaluations of the condition and changes in the living marine resources and their ecosystems in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the North Atlantic and parts of the Antarctic.

For fisheries research, three research vessels, an aquaculture facility and further extensive infrastructure is available.

Thünen Institute Aquatic Resources website



Institute of Fisheries Ecology
Herwigstraße 9
27572 Bremerhaven
Tel: +49 471 94460 201

Director: Dr. Reinhold Hanel

Public Relations:
Dr. Michael Welling
Tel: +49 531 / 5961002



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