Fish and fisheries in the Fehmarn Belt


Science Provision: Contributions to an environmental impact assessment for the planned Fehmarn-Belt crossing

This project provides in relation to the planned Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link scientific investigations, combined with base line data, about fish and fisheries dynamics in relation to the marine environment in the Western Baltic Sea fort he years 2009 to 2012.

Background and Objective

Under construction, please refer to the German version of this webpage. 


In general, the investigations will develop criteria against which, the effect on the fish popula- tions and fisheries of the Fehmarn Belt link can be assessed, evaluated and compared. 

With the scientific based methodology and approach developed and used under the present sci- ence provision contract the investigations will be able to give high qualitative and statistical robust information on important fish stocks and their relevant population dynamics, fish density and local abundance (biomass), geographical, spatial and temporal distribution, migrating patterns, recruitment dynamics, and sensitive spawning areas.

Data and Methods

Under construction, please refer to the German version of this webpage. 


The results of these investigations will be published in peer reviewed articles in scientific journals.


Involved external Thünen-Partners


8.2009 - 7.2014

More Information

Projekt type:
Project status: finished


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  1. Huwer B, Hinrichsen HH, Böttcher U, Voss R, Köster F-W (2014) Characteristics of juvenile survivors reveal spatio-temporal differences in early life stage survival of Baltic cod. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 511:165-180, doi:10.3354/meps10875
  2. Bauer RK, Gräwe U, Stepputtis D, Zimmermann C, Hammer C (2014) Identifying the location and importance of spawning sites of Western Baltic herring using a particle backtracking model. ICES J Mar Sci 71(3):499-509, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst163
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Miethe T, Gröhsler T, Böttcher U, Dorrien C von (2014) The effects of periodic marine inflow into the Baltic Sea on the migration patterns of Western Baltic spring-spawning herring. ICES J Mar Sci 71(3):519-527, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst166
  6. 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
  7. Gröhsler T, Oeberst R, Schaber M, Larson N, Kornilovs G (2013) Discrimination of western Baltic spring-spawning and central Baltic herring (Clupea harengus L.) based on growth vs. natural tag information. ICES J Mar Sci 70(6):1108-1117, doi:19.1093/icesjms/fst064
  8. Bastardie F, Nielsen R, Miethe T (2013) DISPLACE: a dynamic, individual-based model for spatial fishing planning and effort displacement - integrating underlying fish population models [online]. Can J Fish Aquat Sci 70, zu finden in <> [zitiert am 03.02.2014]
  9. Paulsen M, Clemmesen C, Malzahn AM (2013) Essential fatty acid (docosahexaenoic acid, DHA) availability affects growth of larval herring in the field. Mar Biol 161(1):239-244, DOI:10.1007/s00227-013-2313-6
  10. 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
  11. Bauer RK, Stepputtis D, Gräwe U, Zimmermann C, Hammer C (2013) Wind-induced variability in coastal larval retention areas: a case study on Western Baltic spring-spawning herring. Fisheries Oceanogr 22(5):388-399, DOI:10.1111/fog.12029
  12. 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
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 891 kb
  13. Rehberg-Haas S, Hammer C, Hillgruber N, Hüssy K, Temming A (2012) Otolith microstructure analysis to resolve seasonal patterns of hatching and settlement in western Baltic cod. ICES J Mar Sci 69(8):1347-1356, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fss112
  14. Voss R, Peck M, Hinrichsen HH, Clemmesen C, Baumann H, Stepputtis D, Bernreuther M, Schmidt JO, Temming A, Köster FW (2012) Recruitment processes in Baltic sprat : a re-evaluation of GLOBEC Germany hypotheses. Progr Oceanogr 107:61-79, DOI:10.1016/j.pocean.2012.05.003
  15. 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
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 22666 kb
  16. 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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