Institute of

Baltic Sea Fisheries


Katharina Wolf
Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 66099 102
Fax: +49 381 66099 199

Dr. Daniel Oesterwind

Dr. Daniel  Oesterwind
Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 124
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of Activity


  • Member of the research area Fisheries & Environment
  • Project coordinator and leader
  • Scientific cruise leader
  • Member and leader of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea working groups
  • Member of European working groups
  • Member of national working groups
  • Education of students

Research topics:

  • Impact of fishing activities on ecosystems
  • EU-Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
  • Cephalopod biology in fisheries context
  • Coastal fish ecosystem
  • Implementation of electronic-monitoring systems
  • Impact of invasive species
  • Biodiversity
  • Nutrient ecology

Current and former projects:

  • Cephalopod life cycle and assessment
  • Baltic Coastal Fish
  • ERAnet BONUS: Bio-C³: Biodiversity changes – causes, consequences and management implications- with the focus on fisheries-related issues
  • Catch Quota Management (CQM) Pilot for a fully documented fishery by means of electronic monitoring of selected trawlers in North Sea and Baltic
  • Development of innovative and non-invasive monitoring systems for fisheries research (AutoMAt); sub-project: Fish’EM
  • Development of innovative, suitable PAL warning devices to minimize the bycatch of harour porpoises
  • CCTV Pilot for documentation of seabirds and marine mammals in the German gillnet fisheries in the Western Baltic
  • HELCOM Project on Red List of Species and Habitats/Biotopes
  • HELCOM Project on development of Core Set indicators

Research interests

  • Alternative management basic approaches
  • Electronical-Monitoring Systems
  • Bycatch of marine mammals and birds
  • Invasive processes
  • Trophic interactions
  • Biology of Cephalopods

Scientific Background

Seit 2012: Senior scientist at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2010 - 2012: PostDoc at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2007 - 2010: PhD at the University of Kiel and at IFM-GEOMAR Kiel, sponsored by a scholarship of the German Federal Environmental Foundation "Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt" Member of the "Integrated School of Ocean Science" at GEOMAR, Kiel

2004 – 2008: Scientific diver for various underwater projects

2003 – 2005: Buisness Studies at Kiel University

2001 - 2007: Studies of Biology at Kiel University



Publications (peer reviewed, Thünen)

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  1. Köster F-W, Huwer B, Kraus G, Diekmann R, Eero M, Makarchouk A, Örey S, Dierking J, Margonski P, Herrmann JP, Tomkiewicz J, Oesterwind D, Kotterba P, Haslob H, Voss R, Reusch TBH (2020) Egg production methods applied to Eastern Baltic cod provide indices of spawning stock dynamics. Fisheries Res 227:105553, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105553
  2. Helmond ATM van, Mortensen LO, Plet-Hansen KS, Ulrich C, Needle CL, Oesterwind D, Kindt-Larsen L, Catchpole T, Mangi S, Zimmermann C, Olesen HJ, Bailey N, Bergsson H, Dalskov J, Elson J, Hosken M, Peterson L, McElderry H, Ruiz J, Pierre JP, et al (2020) Electronic monitoring in fisheries: Lessons from global experiences and future opportunities. Fish Fisheries 21(1):162-189, DOI:10.1111/faf.12425
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  3. Oesterwind D, Bobowski BT, Brunsch A, Laptikhovsky V, Hal R van, Sell AF, Pierce GJ (2020) First evidence of a new spawning stock of Illex coindetii in the North Sea (NE-Atlantic). Fisheries Res 221:105384, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2019.105384
  4. Henseler C, Kotterba P, Bonsdrof E, Nordström MC, Oesterwind D (2020) Habitat utilization and feeding ecology of small round goby in a shallow brackish lagoon. Mar Biodiv 50:Art. 88, DOI:10.1007/s12526-020-01098-0
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  5. Oesterwind D, Schaber M (2019) First evidence of Illex coindetii (Vérany, 1839) in the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat. Thalassas:in Press, DOI:10.1007/s41208-019-00178-8
  6. Florin A-B, Hüssy K, Blass M, Oesterwind D, Puntila R, Udzups D, Albrecht C, Heimbrand Y, Knospina E, Koszarowski K, Odelström A (2018) How old are you - Evaluation of age reading methods for the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanosomus, Pallas 1814). J Appl Ichthyol 34(3):653-658, DOI:10.1111/jai.13596
  7. Wiegleb J, Kotterba P, Hammer C, Oesterwind D (2018) Predation of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus Pallas, 1814) on Atlantic herring eggs in the Western Baltic Sea. Mar Biol Res 14(9-10):989–1003, DOI:10.1080/17451000.2019.1577977
  8. Reusch TBH, Dierking J, Andersson H, Bonsdrof E, Carstensen J, Casini M, Czajkowski M, Hasler B, Hinsby K, Hyytiäinen K, Johannesson K, Jomaa S, Jormalainen V, Kuosa H, Kurland S, Laikre L, Oesterwind D, Schwarz G, et al (2018) The Baltic Sea as a time machine for the future coastal ocean. Sci Adv 4(5):eaar8195, DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aar8195
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  1. Oesterwind D, ter Hofstede R, Harley B, Brendelberger H, Piatkowski U (2010) Biology and meso-scale distribution patterns of North Sea cephalopods. Fisheries Res 106(2):141-150, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2010.06.003
  2. Guerra C, Piatkowski U, Robin J-P, Koueta N, Bloor I, Oesterwind D, Regueira M (2010) In response to ToR b : review and report on innovative cephalopod research results in the ICES area, with particular emphasis on (I) studies on paralaval (ELS,ELS) ecology and physiology and (II) experimental studies on possible effects of climate change. ICES WGCEPH Rep 2010:14-20

Weitere Publikationen (Thünen)

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  1. Pierce GJ, Robin J-P, Moreno A, Oesterwind D (eds) (2020) Working Group on Cephalopod Fisheries and Life History (WGCEPH; outputs from 2019 meeting). Copenhagen: ICES, 121 p, ICES Sci Rep 2(46)
  2. Oesterwind D, Barrett CB, Bobowski BT, Brunsch A, Laptikhovsky V, Visconti V (2019) Trial study about age reading of North Sea squids. In: Interim Report of the Working Group on Cephalopod Fisheries and Life History (WGCEPH), 5–8 June 2018, Pasaia, San Sebastian, Spain : ICES CM 2018/EPDSG: 12. Copenhagen: ICES, pp 188-194
  3. Allegaert W, Bach P, Barkai A, Bryan J, Cowan B, Fraga A, Garcia E, Goienetxe OE, Gonzalez O, Hager M, Hetherington S, Holah H, Kavanaugh J, Keaton J, Kilburn R, Linden D, McAfee B, McElderry H, McGuire C, Oesterwind D, et al (2019) Working Group on Technology Integration for Fishery-Dependent Data (WGTIFD). Copenhagen: ICES, 28 p, ICES Sci Rep 1(46), DOI:10.17895/
  4. Puntila R, Strake S, Florin A-B, Naddafi R, Lehtiniemi M, Behrens JW, Kotta J, Oesterwind D, Putnis I, Smolinski S, Wozniczka A, Ojaveer H, Lozys L, Uspenskiy A, Yurtseva A (2018) Abundance and distribution of Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) [online]. HELCOM Baltic Sea Environ Fact Sheets 2018:1-10, zu finden in <> [zitiert am 23.08.2018]
  5. Margonski P, Andersson H, Dewitz B von, Eero M, Hinrichsen HH, Jonsson P, Kotta J, Köster F, Lehtiniemi M, MacKenzie BR, Middelboe AL, Oesterwind D, Ojaveer H, Orav-Kotta H, Reusch TBH, Skov H, Winder M, Zaiko A, Zydelis R, et al (2018) Report on evaluation framework for holistic management - summary of the concept, requirements and management implications. BIO-C3 Deliverable, D5.3. EU Bonusproject BIO-C3. 43 p, DOI:10.3289/BIO-C3_D5.3
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  6. Köster F, Huwer B, Kraus G, Diekmann R, Eero M, Orey S, Dierking J, Margonski P, Oesterwind D, Herrmann JP, Tomkiewicz J, Makarchouk A (2018) WD. 12 Application of the egg production method to estimate stock trends and spawning stock biomass. ICES WKIDEBCA report 2018:1-3
  7. Andersson H, Almroth Rosell E, Hordoir R, Kotta J, Kotterba P, MacKenzie BR, Nordheim L von, Oesterwind D, Siaulys A, Skov H, Wahlströhm I, Zaiko A (2017) Report on dynamics of benthic and pelagic habitats in space and time under different driver forcing, including identification of vulnerable habitats. 30 p, DOI:10.3289/BIO-C3_D3.4
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  8. Winder M, Asterhag E, Bernreuther M, Bleckner T, Bonaglia S, Bonsdrof E, Brüchert V, Burian A, Dierking J, Downing A, Dutz J, Griniene E, Fey DP, Griffiths JR, Gårdmark A, Hajdu S, Hammer C, Herrmann Joachim, Kotterba P, Oesterwind D, et al (2016) Food webs under changing biodiversity - Top-down control. BIO-C3 Deliverable, D2.2. 40 p, DOI:10.3289/BIO-C3_D2.2
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  9. Winder M, Berghoff L, Burian A, Clemmesen C, Dutz J, Fey DP, Golz A, Huwer B, Margonski P, Middelboe AL, Neuenfeldt S, Nielsen J, Oesterwind D, et al (2016) Report on effects of changing drivers on pelagic and benthic species composition and production : BIO-C3 Deliverable, D2.1. ; EU Bonusproject BIO-C3. 129 p, DOI:10.3289/BIO-C3_D2.1
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  10. Goetz S, Oesterwind D, Zimmermann C (2016) Report on the German Catch Quota Management trial 2012 - 2014. Rostock: Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, 28 p
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Oesterwind, D., Laptikhovsky, V., Sell, A. (2019). Changes in North Sea Cephalopod fauna and their commercial landings. ICES Annual Science Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden. 09. – 12.09.20

Pierce, G.J., Robin, J.-P., Oesterwind, D. et al. (2019). Status and trends of European cephalopod stocks. ICES Annual Science Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden. 09. – 12.09.2019

Mortensen, L., van Helmond, A., Plet-Hansen, K.S., Ulrich, C., Needle, C.L., Oesterwind, D., Kindt-Larsen, L., Catchpole, T., Mangi, S., Zimmermann, C., Olesen, H.J., Bailey, N., Bergsson, H., Dalskov, J., Elson, J., Hosken, M., Poos, J.J. (2018): European experiences on the use of remote electronic monitoring (REM). ICES Annual Science Conference 2018, Hanburg, Germany. 24-27.09.2018

Köster, F., Huwer, B., Kraus, G., Diekmann, R., Eero, M., Makarchouk, A., Orey, S., Dierking, J., Margonski, P., Herrmann, J.P., Tomkiewicz, J., Oesterwind, D., Kotterba, P., Teschner, E., Voss, R. (2018): Application of the egg production method to estimate stock trends and spawning stock biomass of Eastern Baltic cod ICES Annual Science Conference 2018, Hanburg, Germany. 24-27.09.2018

Oesterwind, D., Rau, A., Zaiko, A. (2017): Drivers and Pressures - Untangling the terms commonly used in marine science and policy. BONUS Symposium , Kiel, Germany, 27.06.2017

Kotterba, P., Polte, P., Moll, D., von Nordheim, L., Hammer, H., Oesterwind, D., Peck, M. A. (2017): Atlantic herring Clupea harengus within the coastal food web of shallow inshore waters. International Symposium Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources, Victoria, Kanada, 06. -11.03.2017

Mortensen, L.O., Schreiber Plet-Hansen, K., Bailey, N., Catchpole, T., Dolder, P.J., van Helmond, E., Kempf, A., Needle, C.L., Oesterwind, D., Poos, J.J., Zimmermann, C., Ulrich, C. (2016): Does one glove fit all. A review of Remote Electronic Monitoring as a document tool. IIFET, Aberdeen, UK, 11.07. – 15.07.2016

Oesterwind, D., Bock, C., Förster, A., Gabel, M., Henseler, C., Kotterba, P., Menge, M., Myts, D., Winkler, H., (2016): Predator and prey; the role of Neogobius melanostomus in the western Baltic. Round Goby Workshop, Tallin. 25.06.2016

Henseler, C., Bock, C., Kotterba, P., Winkler, H. & Oesterwind, D. (2015): Biology, abundance and feeding ecology of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in the eastern German Baltic. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2015, 21.09. – 25.09. Copenhagen, Denmark

Oesterwind, D., Jakobsen, K., Jakobsen, J., (2013): LULA 1000 – The new scientific eye on the Azorean deep sea. In: World Congress of Malacology 2013, 21.07. – 28.07.2013, Ponta Delgada, Azoren, Portugal

Oesterwind, D. (2012): One question, two answers? A comparison between primary and secondary fish stock indicators to be used within the EU MSFD. In: 2nd ICES/PICES Conference for Early Career Scientists Ocean of Change 2012, 24.04. - 27.04. 2012, Mallorca, Spain.

Oesterwind, D. & Piatkowski, U. (2011): Squid in the North Sea: a new effective top predator with potential impact on fish recruitment and ecosystem shift. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2011, 19.-23.09.2011, Gdansk, Poland.

Oesterwind, D. & von Dorrien, C. (2011): The application of MSFD indicators in the Baltic Sea: How good are they? Large Fish Indicator in the western Baltic. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2011, 19.-23.09.2011, Gdansk, Poland.

Oesterwind, D. (2010). Faszination Tintenfisch. Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg, Germany

Oesterwind, D. (2010). Die faszinierende Welt der Tintenfische. Meeresmuseum Stralsund, Germany

Oesterwind, D.,  Brendelberger, H., Piatkowski, U. (2009): On the distribution and feeding ecology of major North Sea squids. In: Cephalopod International Advisory Council Symposium, 08.09.2009, Vigo, Spain


Vladimir Laptikhovsky, Gavan Cooke, Christopher Barrett, Sophie Lozach, Eleanor MacLeod, Daniel Oesterwind, Edel Sheerin, Michael Petroni, Leigh Barnwall, Jean-Paul Robin, Louise Allcock Anne Marie Power: Identification of demersal egg masses and spawning grounds in commercial squid in the Northwest European waters: Loligo vulgaris vs L. forbesii. Association for Cephalopod Research 2020 Virtual Event, September 16-21, 2020

Pierce, G.J., Robin, J.-P., Oesterwind, D. et al., (2019) Assessment of cephalopods in European waters: state of the art and way forward. ICES Annual Science Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden. 09. – 12.09.2019

Laptikhovsky, V., Barret, C., Oesterwind, D. (2018): Summer-spawning Loligo vulgaris in the North Sea: the story of a disappeared stock or changed reproductive patterns? Cephalopod International Advisory Council Conference, St. Petersburg, USA. 12 – 16.11.2018

Kotterba, P., Moll., D., von Nordheim, L., Hammer, C., Peck, M.A., Oesterwind, D., Polte, P. (2016): Predator impact on inshore Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) larvae: Lions, tigers and bears – but where?  European Marine Biology Symposium  2016, 26.09. – 30.09. Rhodes, Greece

Winkler, H., Kotterba, P. & Oesterwind, D. (2015): Round Goby: A story of invasion success in the Baltic. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2015, 21.09. – 25.09. Copenhagen, Denmark

Oesterwind, D., Voskamp, J., Götze, C., Michelsen, H. & Zimmermann, C. (2015): Das Anlandegebot – und nun? In: Deutscher Fischereitag 2015, 25.08. –27.08.2015, Rostock, Deutschland

Gröger, J., Zimmermann, C., Hanel, R., Kraus, G., Cisewski, B., Dammerau, M., Götz, S., Hamann, S., Hielscher, N., Illig, B., Krau, F., Oesterwind, D., Reiser, S. (2014): AutoMat: Innnovative, nicht-invasive Monitoringsysteme und Auswerteverfahren für die Fischereiforschung. Innovationstage Bonn 2014

Oesterwind, D. & Zimmermann, C. (2013): Big brother is sampling -  rare seabird and mammal bycatch in Baltic Sea passive fisheries – automated data acquisition to inform MSFD indicators. ICES Annual Science Conference 2013, 23.09. - 27.09.2013, Reykjavik, Island

Oesterwind, D., & Piatkowski, U. (2012). Overlooked consumers? Long-finned squid are important predators in the North Sea. Cephalopod International Advisory Council Symposium, 27.10. - 02.11.2012, Florianópolis, Brazil

Probst, W. N. & Oesterwind, D. (2012). The usefulness of secondary fish stock indicators regarding the MSFD descriptor 3. ICES Annual Science Conference 2012, 17.09. - 21.09.2012, Bergen, Norway

Oesterwind, D. & Brendelberger, H. (2008). Wachstum von juvenilen Großmuscheln im Freiland und unter künstlichen Bedingungen. DGL-Symposium, Konstanz, Germany