The Federal Republic of Germany owns three fisheries research vessels that, based on their purpose, differ in terms of size and construction (in German). They are owned and managed by the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food. The Thünen Institute uses the vessels in the sea areas used by German fisheries. These include the great depths of the North Atlantic and the icy, stormy waters off Greenland’s coast, as well as the flat areas of the southern North Sea. Population surveys of exploited fish species are conducted regularly, physical and chemical marine data are collected, and environmental changes assessed.
Due to continuous operation of the research vessels, we are able to investigate in several fields of research:
Many of our research surveys are tied into international survey programmes, which are coordinated by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).