Institute of

Fisheries Ecology


View across fish ponds. (© Monika Manthey-Karl)

Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms like fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic plants in artificial systems, coastal and inland waters. Aquaculture involves the intervention in the rearing process to enhance production. In contrast to capture fisheries, the stock being cultivated is under individual or corporate ownership. The global demand for fish and seafood has been increasing rapidly throughout the last decade. Capture fisheries production, however, continuous to remain stable. Aquaculture is thus getting more and more important as substantial increases in global fish production can only be achieved by farming. At present, more than 50% of fish and seafood for human consumption are derived from aquaculture. Indeed, the expansion of aquaculture gave rise to several questions, e.g. in the fields of technology, ecology as well as in socioeconomics. With our research, we want to contribute in solving these questions making aquaculture sustainable.  


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  1. Gehlert G, Griese M, Schlachter M, Schulz C (2018) Analysis and optimisation of dynamic facility ventilation in recirculation aquacultural systems. Aquacult Eng 80:1-10, DOI:10.1016/j.aquaeng.2017.11.003
  2. Sähn N, Pohlmann DM, Willenberg M, Reiser S (2018) Naturnahe Gestaltung der Haltungsumgebung in der Aufzucht juveniler Salmoniden zur Erzeugung leistungsstarker und robuster Setzlinge für die heimische Aquakultur : Projektabschlussbericht FKZ: 2813MDT902 Berichtszeitraum: 01.10.2014-31.07.2017. Hamburg: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 27 p
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  3. Kusche H, Hillgruber N, Rößner Y, Focken U (2018) The effect of different fish feed compositions on delta13C and δ15N signatures of sea bass and its potential value for tracking mariculture-derived nutrients. Isotopes Environ Health Stud 54(1):28-40, DOI:10.1080/10256016.2017.1361419
  4. Callier MD, Byron CJ, Bengtson DA, Cranford PJ, Cross SF, Focken U, Jansen HM, Kamermans P, Kiessling A, Landry T, O'Beirn F, Petersson E, Rheault RB, Strand O, Sundell K, Svaasand T, Wykfors GH, McKindsey CW (2017) Attraction and repulsion on mobile wild organisms to finfish and shellfish aquaculture: a review. Reviews Aquacult:in press, DOI:10.1111/raq.12208
  5. Kleingeld DW, Geldhauser F, Moritz J, Reiser S, Steinhagen D, Wedekind H, Welzel A (2017) Erhebung und Bewertung von Tierschutzindikatoren in der Aquakultur. Fischer Teichwirt 68(5):164-166

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