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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Fanny Barz

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 117
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of Activity

  • Head of the Working Group „Fisheries and Society“

Research Interests

  • Structural change and future prospects of coastal fisheries
  • Heterogeneity of fishermen and fishing behaviour
  • Participatory processes
  • Human-wildlife conflicts

Scientific Background

since 07/2021: Project "Future structures of coastal fisheries in the Baltic and North Seas"

10/2020-06/2021: MGF-Ostsee project: “DAM Pilot Mission - Protected areas in the Baltic Sea: Effects of the exclusion of mobile bottom-contacting fishing activities in marine protected areas”

2017-07/2020: Project "Gill net fisheries: Development of alternative management approaches (STELLA)"

2015-2016: reasarch assistant at Gret Palucca Hochschule für Tanz, Dresden, within project „InnoLernenTanz“

2012-2015: Masters degree Sociology (M.A), TU Dresden

2012-2013: research assistant at Research Association Public Health, TU Dresden within projects „UFIREG“ and „Ultraschwarz“

2009-2012: Bachelors degree Sociology (B.A.), TU Dresden

Arbeitsgruppen und Gremien

Working Group

Content - Task

KDM (since 2020)


Strategy Group Marine Social and Cultural Sciences in the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM)

The KDM is a partner in the identification of new research fields and the development of international research strategies. The aim of the KDM is to promote marine research and strengthen public awareness of marine sciences. The strategy group focuses its research on people whose living environment is shaped by the sea.

STECF (2022)


Expert panel on demography in the fishing industry and social dimension of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

The panel met for the first time in 2019 to analyse and evaluate the collection of demographic variables in the EU data collection programme. The panel continues to work on making the social and cultural importance of fisheries more visible.

ICES WGSOCIAL (since 2019)


Working Group of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

The Working Group on Social Indicators (WGSOCIAL) focuses on improving the integration of social sciences into ICES ecosystem overviews and integrated ecosystem assessments through the development of culturally relevant social indicators.

Publications (peer reviewed, Thünen)

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    Barz F (2022) Identifying social practices to inform fisheries management - the case of bycatch practices of marine mammals and seabirds of German gillnet fishers. ICES J Mar Sci:in Print, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsac208

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    Barz F, Eckardt J, Meyer S, Kraak SBM, Strehlow HV (2020) "Boats don't fish, people do"- how fishers' agency can inform fisheries-management on bycatch mitigation of marine mammals and sea birds. Mar Policy 122:104268, DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104268

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    Schwermer H, Barz F, Zablotski Y (2020) A literature review on stakeholder participation in coastal and marine fisheries. In: Jungblut S, Liebich V, Bode-Dalby M (eds) YOUMARES 9 - The oceans: our research, our future : Proceedings of the 2018 conference for YOUng MArine RESearcher in Oldenburg, Germany. Cham: Springer Open, pp 21-43, DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-20389-4_2

More Publications (Thünen)

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    Barz F (2022) Boats don’t fish, people do: A sociological contribution towards holistic fisheries bycatch management. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 244 p, Rostock, Univ, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwiss Fak, Diss, 2021, Thünen Rep 95, DOI:10.3220/REP1652092494000

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    Barz F, Lasner T (2022) CM 203: Coastal fisheries - quo vadis? Developing visions of the future in a collaborative Stakeholder Think Tank. In: ICES 2022 Theme session F - Ocean futures: Engaging science and society in visions of the future. ICES Annual Science Conference 2022, Dublin, Ireland [book of abstracts]. Copenhagen: ICES, p 14, DOI:10.17895/

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    Johannesen E, Barz F, Dankel DJ, Kraak SBM (2022) CM 309: Gender and early career scientist status and differences in participation at an international marine science conference. In: ICES 2022 Theme session R - Scientific advances under ICES Science Plan. ICES Annual Science Conference 2022, Dublin, Ireland [book of abstracts]. Copenhagen: ICES, p 41, DOI:10.17895/

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    Kochalski S, Braun M, Riechers M, Barz F (2022) CM 527: What’s your story? Capturing fishers’ experiential knowledge through biographical interviews. In: ICES 2022 Theme session K - Integration of fisher experiential knowledge (FEXK) into marine science and management. ICES Annual Science Conference 2022, Dublin, Ireland [book of abstracts]. Copenhagen: ICES, p 23, DOI:10.17895/ICES.PUB.21618084

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    Krumme U, Meyer S, Kratzer I, Chladek J-C, Barz F, Stepputtis D, Strehlow HV, Kraak SBM, Zimmermann C (2022) STELLA - Stellnetzfischerei-Lösungsansätze : Projekt-Abschlussbericht. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 220 p, Thünen Rep 97, DOI:10.3220/REP1662104969000

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