Johann Heinrich von Th√ľnen Institute - Institute of Sea Fisheries (vTI-SF)

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vTI-SF prepares decision support for the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) with respect to the Common Fisheries Policy of the EU (CFP) and international marine conventions (i.a. NEAFC, NAFO, CCAMLR, OSPAR, IWC, ASCOBANS) of which Germany is a member. Through its scientific monitoring programs and research activities, the institute contributes to a general increase in knowledge about ecology and economy of marine systems. Based on its research, the institute enunciates advice to European Commission (STECF, other EU advisory boards) and provides a significant part of the German contribution to the advice on fisheries and marine ecosystems under the auspices of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The institute takes part in international research projects funded by the EU and other agencies in order to evaluate and resolve specific questions regarding the management of marine living resources and to further improve the scientific basis of its advice (e.g. GLOBEC-Germany, UNCOVER, ADVICE, NESPMAN, P-Box, COEXIST).

Role of vTI-SF in SOCIOEC

Ralf Döring is scientific coordinator of the project. vTI-SF is also leading the Baltic Sea case study.

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Ralf Döring is leading the fisheries economics unit at the institute and has worked mainly on the implementation of the ecosystem-based-approach to fisheries management and impact assessment of management measures on fishing fleets. He is additionally interested in the economic consequences of the introduction of long term fisheries management plans and the valuation of long term gains compared to short term costs (discounting). He coordinated several research projects and was responsible for the German contribution to a concerted action on the economic performance of European fishing fleets.

Gerd Kraus is the director of the Institute. He has a profound experience in marine ecology and fisheries research. His scientific experience covers the fields of reproduction, recruitment and population dynamics of marine fish stocks, as well as modelling and evaluation of marine protected areas for fishery management purposes. Dr. Kraus has contributed substantially to recent EU projects (e.g. COEXIST, UNCOVER, BECAUSE, PROTECT, BALANCE) and coordinated a number of work packages and case studies. In VECTORS he will coordinate the North Sea SubWP together with Myron Peck and be responsible for the overall vTI-SF contribution.

Stefan lange is the research manager. Having a share in the strategic development of vTI, stimulating internal interdisciplinary activities at vTI, supporting new research co-operations with external German and foreign partners, networking with national and international science organisations, advising on preparation and application of research projects, representing vTI in the Scientific comunity.

Leyre Goti is a natural resources economist with a Master in International Economics by the Berlin School of Economics and a Bachelor in Business Administration and Economic Theory of hte firm from the University of the Basque Country. She has completed PhD courses in applied quantitative techniques and fisheries econometrics. Research experience at EU level projects includes the analysis of the relationship between fleet capacity and fishing mortality (CAFE), leet and area management (AFRAME) as well as the socioeconomic effects of enforcement and recovery plans (COBECOS, UNCOVER).


flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 / 2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 289192. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.