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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Patrick Polte

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 103
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of activty

  • Coordination of the Ruegen- Herring Larvae Survey (RHLS) (within the EU- Data Collection Framework DCF)

Research interests

  • Recruitment ecology of Western Baltic herring
  • Role of inshore transitional waters as nursery areas for marine fishes
  • Ecological functions of habitat complexity and –diversity

Scientific background

Since 03/2016: Scientist in EMFF-pilotproject herring recruitment

2010 - 12/2015: Senior scientist at the Thünen Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2007 - 2010: Post-doctoral research fellow at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle, USA

2005 - 2007: Post-doctoral research fellow at the Alfred Wegener-Institute for Polar- and Marine Research (AWI), Wadden Sea Station Sylt

2001-2004: Dissertation at the AWI- Wadden Sea Station Sylt/University of Bremen. Titel: “ Ecological functions of intertidal seagrass beds for fishes and epifauna in the Wadden Sea“

1993 - 2000: Undergraduate studies in biology at the Johann Gutenberg University Mainz and the Carl v. Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Grade: Diploma-Biologist


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Publications (Thünen)

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    Moyano M, Illing B, Akimova A, Alter K, Bartolino V, Börner G, Clemmesen C, Finke A, Gröhsler T, Kotterba P, Livdane L, Mittermayer F, Moll D, Nordheim L von, Peck M, Schaber M, Polte P (2023) Caught in the middle: bottom-up and top-down processes impacting recruitment in a small pelagic fish. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries 33(1):55-84, DOI:10.1007/s11160-022-09739-2

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    Bekkevold D, Berg F, Polte P, Bartolino V, Ojaveer H, Mosegaard H, Farrell ED, Fedotova E, Hemmer-Hansen J, Huwer B, Trijoulet V, Moesgaard Albertsen C, Fuentes-Pardo AP, Gröhsler T, Pettersson M, Jansen T, Folkvord A, Andersson L (2023) Mixed-stock analysis of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus): a tool for identifying management units and complex migration dynamics. ICES J Mar Sci 88(1):173-184, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsac223

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    Polte P, Alix M, Beggs S, Charitonidou K, Costas G, Diaz P, Fischbach V, Ganias K, Giraldo C, Höffle H, Holah H, Huwer B, Jimenez P, Joly L, Kjesbu O, Kloppmann MHF, Loots C, Makarcuks A, Tiedemann M, Ulleweit J, et al (2023) Working Group on Atlantic Fish Larvae and Eggs Surveys (WGALES; outputs from 2022 meeting). Copenhagen: ICES, 43 p, ICES Sci Rep 5(30), DOI:10.17895/

  4. 3

    Huang AT, Alter K, Polte P, Peck M (2022) Disentangling seasonal from maternal effects on egg characteristics in western Baltic spring-spawning herring Clupea harengus. J Fish Biol 101(6):1428-1440, DOI:10.1111/jfb.15210

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    Finke A, Nordheim L von, Kotterba P, Polte P (2022) Impact of spawn concentrations on Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) egg survival in Baltic Sea inshore spawning areas. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 275:107961, DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2022.107961

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    Behrens JW, Ryberg MP, Einberg H, Eschbaum R, Florin A-B, Grygie W, Herrmann JP, Huwer B, Hüssy K, Knospina E, Noomaa K, Oesterwind D, Polte P, Smolinski S, Udzups D, van Deurs M, Ojaveer H (2022) Seasonal depth distribution and thermal experience of the non-indigenous round goby Neogobius melanostomus in the Baltic Sea: implications to key trophic relations. Biol Invasions 24:527–541, DOI:10.1007/s10530-021-02662-w

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    Rohlf N, Damme CJG van, Höffle H, Holah H, Kloppmann MHF, Werner M, Polte P, Huwer B, Loots C, Giraldo C, Beggs S, Nash RDM (2021) ICES Working Group on Surveys on Ichthyoplankton in the North Sea and adjacent Seas (WGSINS; outputs from 2020 meeting). Copenhagen: ICES, 31 p, ICES Sci Rep 3(14), DOI:10.17895/

  8. 7

    Polte P, Gröhsler T, Kotterba P, Nordheim L von, Moll D, Santos J, Rodriguez-Tress P, Zablotski Y, Zimmermann C (2021) Reduced reproductive success of Western Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) as a response to warming winters. Front Mar Sci 8:589242, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2021.589242

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    Polte P, Gröhsler T (2021) Western Baltic spring spawning herring recruitment monitored by the Rügen Herring Larvae Survey. ICES Sci Rep 3(12):760-763

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    Polte P, Gröhsler T (2020) 2019 Western Baltic spring spawning herring recruitment monitored by the Rügen Herring Larvae Survey. ICES Sci Rep 2(60):1041-1043

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    Silas MO, Mgeleka SS, Polte P, Sköld M, Lindborg R, de la Torre-Castro M, Gullström M (2020) Adaptive capacity and coping strategies of small-scale coastal fisheries to declining fish catches: Insights from Tanzanian communities. Environ Sci Pol 108:67-76, DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.03.012

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    Beggs S, Damme CJG van, Giraldo C, Holah H, Huwer B, Kloppmann MHF, Loots C, Polte P, Rohlf N, Werner M (2020) ICES Working Group on Surveys on Ichthyoplankton in the North Sea and adjacent Seas (WGSINS; outputs from 2019 meeting). Copenhagen: ICES, 33 p, ICES Sci Rep 2(17), DOI:10.17895/

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    Kaljuste O, Kloppmann MHF, Kupschus S, Lordan C, de Boois IJ, Clark D, Clausen Lotte W, Hansson M, Jech M, Kellner J, Polte P, Storr-Paulsen M, Wieland K (2020) ICES workshop on the realigning of the ecosystem observation steering group (WKREO). Copenhagen: ICES, 24 p, ICES Sci Rep 2(14), DOI:10.17895/

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    Nordheim L von, Kotterba P, Moll D, Polte P (2020) Lethal effect of filamentous algal blooms on Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) eggs in the Baltic Sea. Aquatic Conserv 30(7):1362-1372, DOI:10.1002/aqc.3329

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    Moyano M, Illing B, Polte P, Kotterba P, Zablotski Y, Gröhsler T, Hüdepohl P, Cooke SJ, Peck M (2020) Linking individual physiological indicators to the productivity of fish populations: A case study of Atlantic herring. Ecol Indic 113:106146, DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106146

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    Polte P, Gröhsler T (2019) 2018 Western Baltic spring spawning herring recruitment monitored by the Rügen Herring Larvae Survey. ICES Sci Rep 1(2):929-933, DOI:10.17895/

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    Moll D, Kotterba P, Jochum KP, Nordheim L von, Polte P (2019) Elemental inventory in fish otoliths reflects natal origin of atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) from Baltic Sea juvenile areas. Front Mar Sci 6:191, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2019.00191

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    Dodson JJ, Daigle G, Hammer C, Polte P, Kotterba P, Winkler G, Zimmermann C (2019) Environmental determinants of larval herring (Clupea harengus) abundance and distribution in the western Baltic Sea. Limnol Oceanogr 64(1):317-329, DOI:10.1002/lno.11042

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    Polte P, Gröhsler T (2018) 2017 Western Baltic spring spawning herring recruitment monitored by the Rügen Herring Larvae Survey. ICES HAWG Rep 2018:868-871

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    Nordheim L von, Kotterba P, Moll D, Polte P (2018) Impact of spawning substrate complexity on egg survival of Atlantic Herring (Clupea harengus, L.) in the Baltic Sea. Estuaries Coasts 41(2):549-559, DOI:10.1007/s12237-017-0283-5

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    Moll D, Kotterba P, Nordheim L von, Polte P (2018) Storm-induced Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) egg mortality in Baltic Sea inshore spawning areas. Estuaries Coasts 41(1):1-12, DOI:10.1007/s12237-017-0259-5

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    Polte P, Kotterba P, Moll D, Gröhsler T, Nordheim L von (2018) Time series of the Ruegen Larval Herring N20 Index and potential reasons for a declining larval production. In: ICES benchmark workshop on pelagic stocks (WKPELA 2018) : 12.-16.02.2018, Copenhagen. Copenhagen: ICES, pp 1-10

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    Polte P, Oeberst R, Gröhsler T (2017) Annex 5h: Rügen herring larvae survey (RHLS). ICES WGIPS Rep 2017:284-287

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    Polte P, Kotterba P, Moll D, Nordheim L von (2017) Ontogenetic loops in habitat use highlight the importance of littoral habitats for early life-stages of oceanic fishes in temperate waters. Sci Rep 7:42709, DOI:10.1038/srep42709

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    Kotterba P, Moll D, Hammer C, Peck M, Oesterwind D, Polte P (2017) Predation on Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) eggs by the resident predator community in coastal transitional waters. Limnol Oceanogr 62(6):2616-2628, DOI:10.1002/lno.10594

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    Kotterba P, Moll D, Nordheim L von, Peck M, Oesterwind D, Polte P (2017) Predation on larval Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in inshore waters of the Baltic Sea. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 198:1-11, DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2017.08.017

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    Paulsen M, Clemmesen C, Hammer C, Polte P, Malzahn AM (2016) Food-limited growth of larval Atlantic herring Clupea harengus recurrently observed in a coastal nursery area. Helgol Mar Res 70:1-12, DOI:10.1186/s10152-016-0470-y

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    Gröger JP, Hinrichsen HH, Polte P (2014) Broad-scale climate influences on spring-spawning herring (Clupea harengus, L.) recruitment in the Western Baltic Sea. PLoS One 9(2):e87525, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0087525

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    Polte P, Zimmermann C (2014) Der Rügen-Heringslarvensurvey des Thünen-Instituts: Hintergründe, Kritik und Anwendung der Ergebnisse. Fischerei Fischmarkt MV(1)

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    Fey DP, Lejk AM, Margonski P, Szymanek L, Psuty I, Nermer T, Lempe F, Strehlow HV, Polte P, Moll D, Stybel N, Hiller A, Laak M van (2014) Herring : an analysis of spawning ground management, ecological conditions and human impacts in Greifswald Bay, Vistula Lagoon and Hanö Bight [online]. Malmö: Andersson, 184 p, zu finden in <> [zitiert am 22.10.2015]

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    Kotterba P, Kühn C, Hammer C, Polte P (2014) Predation of threespine stickleback (Gastrosteus aculeatus) on the eggs of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in a Baltic Sea lagoon. Limnol Oceanogr 59(2):578-587, doi:10.4319/lo.2014.59.2.0578

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    Polte P, Kotterba P, Hammer C, Gröhsler T (2014) Survival bottlenecks in the early ontogenesis of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus, L.) in coastal lagoon spawning areas of the western Baltic Sea. ICES J Mar Sci 71(4):982-990, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst050

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    Dorrien C von, Hammer C, Zimmermann C, Stepputtis D, Stuermer IW, Kotterba P, Polte P (2013) A review on herring Clupea harengus (Actinopterygii: Clupeiformes: Clupeidae) recruitment and early life stage ecology in the Western Baltic Sea. Acta Ichth Piscat 43(3):169-182, doi:10.3750/AIP2013.43.3.01

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    Sommer R, Polte P (2013) Ausflug in die Kinderstube des Herings. Nordkurier(24.05.2013):3

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    Reum JC, Essington TE, Greene CM, Rice CA, Polte P, Fresh KL (2013) Biotic and abiotic controls on body size during critical life history stages of a pelagic fish, Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii). Fisheries Oceanogr 22(4):324-336, DOI:10.1111/fog.12025

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    Stybel N, Haller I, Polte P, Lempe F (2013) Engagement für nachhaltige Entwicklungen and Küsten und im Meer. Fischerei Fischmarkt MV(4):37-40

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    Paulsen M, Hammer C, Malzahn AM, Polte P, Dorrien C von, Clemmesen C (2013) Nutritional situation for larval Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus L.) in two nursery areas in the western Baltic Sea. ICES J Mar Sci 71(4):991-1000, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fst168

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    Polte P (2013) Ruegen herring larvae survey and N20 larval index. Working Document WKPELA. Benchmark workshop on pelagic stocks (WKPELA): 4-8 February 2013. Copenhagen: ICES, 10 p

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    Polte P, Worsoe Clausen L (2013) Stock components and early life cycle ecology of Western Baltic spring spawning herring - prospects of recent research results with potential implication for stock assessment strategy. Working Document WKPELA9. Benchmark workshop on pelagic stocks (WKPELA): 4-8 February 2013. Copenhagen: ICES, 13 p

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    Heiler J, Hammer C, Kotterba P, Polte P (2012) Die vertikale Verteilung von Heringslarven im Greifswalder Bodden. Inf Fischereiforsch 59:25-29, DOI:10.3220/Infn59_25-29_2012

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    Beyer S, Goni O, Polte P, Kotterba P, Zimmermann C, Hammer C (2011) Herring recruitment ecology: Looking at the youngest : ICES CM 2011/H:45. Rostock: IOR, 1 p

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    Polte P, Beyer S, Kotterba P, Hammer C, Oeberst R, Zimmermann C (2011) Identifying recruitment bottlenecks in the early life history of Western Baltic herring (Clupea harengus, L.) : ICES CM H:45. Rostock: OSF, 1 p

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    Oeberst R, Polte P (2011) Regional change of seasonal temperature regimes do exceeds the prognosed global climate change effect in inshore Baltic ecosystems - implications for fisheries management. Rostock: OSF, 37 p

    Publications (previous)

    1. 0

      Polte P, Buschbaum C (2008) Native pipefish Entelurus aequoreus are promoted by the introduced seaweed Sargassum muticum in the northern Wadden Sea, North Sea. Aquatic Biol 3(1):11-18, DOI:10.3354/ab00071

    2. 1

      Polte P, Asmus H (2006) Influence of seagrass beds (Zostera noltii) on the species composition of juvenile fishes temporarily visiting the intertidal zone of the Wadden Sea. J Sea Res 55(3):244-252, DOI:10.1016/j.seares.2005.11.004

    3. 2

      Polte P, Asmus H (2006) Intertidal seagrass beds (Zostera noltii) as spawning grounds for transient fishes in the Wadden Sea. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 312:235-243

    4. 3

      Polte P, Schanz A, Asmus H (2005) Effects of current exposure on habitat preference of mobile 0-group epibenthos for intertidal seagrass beds (Zostera noltii) in the northern Wadden Sea. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 62(4):627-635, DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2004.09.031

    5. 4

      Polte P, Schanz A, Asmus H (2005) The contribution of seagrass beds (Zostera noltii) to the function of tidal flats as a juvenile habitat for dominant, mobile epibenthos in the Wadden Sea. Mar Biol 147(4):813-822, DOI:10.1007/s00227-005-1583-z

    6. 5

      Schanz A, Polte P, Asmus H (2002) Cascading effects of hydrodynamics on an epiphyte–grazer system in intertidal seagrass beds of the Wadden Sea. Mar Biol 141(2):287-297, DOI:10.1007/s00227-002-0823-8

    7. 6

      Schanz A, Polte P, Asmus H, Asmus R (2000) Currents and turbulence as a top-down-regulator in intertidal seagrass communities. Biol Mar Medit 7(2):278-181

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