Institute of

Baltic Sea Fisheries

Secretariat

Katharina Wolf
Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 66099 102
Fax: +49 381 66099 199
of@thuenen.de of-sekretariat@thuenen.de


Dr. Simon Weltersbach

 Dr. Simon  Weltersbach
Address
Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
Phone
+49 381 66099 128
Fax
+49 381 66099 199
E-Mail
simon.weltersbach@thuenen.de

Fields of activity

  • Contribution to the data collection from the German marine recreational fishery in the framework of the German Sea Angling Program (DMAP)
  • Coordination of the project "MehrForellen" (Recreational sea trout fishery) in the framework of the German Sea Angling Program (DMAP)
  • Research on Catch & Release in the recreational fishery (post-release mortality, sub-lethal effects)
  • Contribution to ICES committees  (WGRFS, WGBAST, WGTRUTTA, WGMEDS, WKBALTSalmon)

Research Interests

  • Recreational fisheries (social, economic, ecological and biological dimension)
  • Fisheries management
  • Survey methods & biometry
  • Biology and ecophysiology of fish
  • Aquaculture

Scientific background

Since 2013: Scientist at the Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

2013-2018: PhD student at the University of Rostock

2010 - 2012: Master studies “Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Science” at the University of Hamburg

2009 - 2012: Participant at several research cruises in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea as student, volunteer and research assistant

2009 - 2010: Internship in Costa Rica (“Golfo Dulce Lodge“) and employment as research technician at Havbruksstasjonen, Tromsø, Norway (“Norwegian National Cod Breeding Centre”)

2007 - 2011: Student research assistant at the Department of Ichthyology, University of Hamburg (2007), at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg (2008), at the Agency for Urban Development and Environment, Hamburg (2010-2011) and at the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, University of Hamburg (2011)  

2006 - 2009: Bachelor studies “Biology“ at the University of Hamburg

Publications

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  1. Hartill BW, Taylor SM, Keller K, Weltersbach MS (2020) Digital camera monitoring of recreational fishing effort: Applications and challenges. Fish Fisheries 21(1):204-215, DOI:10.1111/faf.12413
  2. Lewin W-C, Weltersbach MS, Denfeld G, Strehlow HV (2019) Bedeutung und Bewertung von Meeresmüll aus der marinen Freizeitfischerei und Maßnahmen zur Vermeidung : Endbericht ; erstellt im Auftrag des NLWKN und des LUNG M-V. Rostock: Thünen-Institut für Ostseefischerei, 114 p
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  3. Moesgaard Albertsen C, Amosova V, Andersen M, Behrens JW, Willestofte Berg C, Bergenius M, Brander K, Cardinale M, Carlshamre S, Casini M, Cormon X, Eero M, Gertseva V, Haase S, Krumme U, McQueen K, Pierce ME, Schade FM, Strehlow HV, Weltersbach MS, et al (2019) Benchmark Workshop on Baltic Cod Stocks (WKBALTCOD2). Copenhagen: ICES, 310 p, ICES Sci Rep 1(9), DOI:10.17895/ices.pub.4984
  4. Weltersbach MS, Lewin W-C, Gröger JP, Strehlow HV (2019) Effect of lure and bait type on catch, size, hooking location, injury and bycatch in the western Baltic Sea recreational cod fishery. Fisheries Res 210:121-130, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.10.002
  5. Volstad JH, Christman M, Ferter K, Kleiven AR, Ottera H, Aas Ø, Arlinghaus R, Borch T, Colman J, Hartill BW, Haugen TO, Hyder K, Lyle JM, Junker Ohldieck M, Skov C, Strehlow HV, Voorhees D van, Weltersbach MS, Weber ED (2019) Field surveying of marine recreational fisheries in Norway using a novel spatial sampling frame reveals striking under-coverage of alternative sampling frames. ICES J Mar Sci:in Press, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsz108
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  6. Lewin W-C, Weltersbach MS, Ferter K, Hyder K, Mugerza E, Prellezo R, Radford Z, Zarauz L, Strehlow HV (2019) Potential environmental impacts of recreational fishing on marine fish stocks and ecosystems. Rev Fish Sci Aquacult 27(3):287-330, DOI:10.1080/23308249.2019.1586829
  7. Weltersbach MS (2018) Einbezug der Sterblichkeit von Rückwürfen in der Freizeitfischerei in das europäische Fischereimanagement. Rostock: Univ, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, 115 p, Rostock, Univ, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Diss, 2018, DOI:10.18453/rosdok_id00002306
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  8. Weltersbach MS, Strehlow HV, Ferter K, Klefoth T, Graaf M de, Dorow M (2018) Estimating and mitigating post-release mortality of European eel by combining citizen science with a catch-and-release angling experiment. Fisheries Res 201:98-108, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.01.010
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  9. Lewin W-C, Strehlow HV, Ferter K, Hyder K, Niemax J, Herrmann JP, Weltersbach MS (2018) Estimating post-release mortality of European sea bass based on experimental angling. ICES J Mar Sci 75(4):1483–1495, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsx240
  10. Hyder K, Weltersbach MS, Armstrong M, Strehlow HV, et al (2018) Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context : participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment. Fish Fisheries 19(2):225-243, DOI:10.1111/faf.12251
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Scholarships and awards

2019: Research Award by the German Angling Association (DAFV e.V.)

2015: Research Award by the Organization of German Fisheries Administrative Officers and Fisheries Scientists (VDFF e.V.)

2014: Travel stipend of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2013: ICES Travel Award (ICES Annual Science Conference 2013)

2012: Winner of the young scientists and communication contest “Rostock's Eleven“

2012: Travel stipend from the „Stiftung Seeklar“

2011: Fritz-Prosiegel-scholarship of the University of Hamburg

2009 - 2012: Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation

Scientific presentations and posters

Lewin, W.-C., Strehlow, H.V., Ferter, K., Hyder, K., Niemax, J., Herrmann, J.-P., Weltersbach, M.S. (2018). Estimating post-release mortality of European sea bass based on experimental angling. FSBI Annual Symposium, Norwich, UK (Oral)

Weltersbach, M.S., Strehlow, H.V., Ferter, K., Klefoth, T., de Graaf, M. & M. Dorow (2017). Auswirkungen des Zurücksetzens, der Haktiefe und der Hakengröße auf das Überleben von geangelten Aalen. AFGN Symposium, Nienburg, Germany (invited oral presentation)

Ferter, K., Weltersbach, M.S., Nilsson, J., Humborstad, O-B. & S.J. Cooke (2017). Evaluating catch-and-release impacts on Atlantic halibut in recreational fisheries. ICES Annual Science Conference, Fort Lauderdale, USA, ICES CM 2017/J:172 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M.S., Strehlow, H.V., Ferter, K., Klefoth, T., de Graaf, M. & M. Dorow (2017). Estimating and mitigating post-release mortality of European eel by combining citizen science with a catch-and-release angling experiment. ICES Annual Science Conference, Fort Lauderdale, USA, ICES CM 2017/J:185 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M.S., Strehlow, H.V., Ferter, K., Klefoth, T., de Graaf, M. & M. Dorow (2017). Auswirkungen des Fangens-und-Zurücksetzens auf den Aal in der Angelfischerei. Fachforum Angelfischerei, Langenargen, Germany (invited oral presentation)

Ferter, K., Weltersbach, M.S., Nilsson, J., Humborstad, O-B. & S.J. Cooke (2017). Evaluating physiological consequences of catch-and-release on Atlantic halibut. 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Victoria, Canada, H:27 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M.S., Strehlow, H.V., Ferter, K., Klefoth, T., de Graaf, M. & M. Dorow (2017). Estimating and mitigating post-release mortality of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in recreational fisheries. 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Victoria, Canada, H:22 (Oral)

Strehlow, H.V., Weltersbach, M.S. & C. Zimmermann (2017). Management scenarios in the western Baltic cod recreational fishery: design, impacts and efficiency. 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Victoria, Canada, E:20 (Oral)

Hyder, K., Weltersbach, M.S., Radford, Z., Ferter, K., Townhill, B., Armstrong, M., et al. (2017). Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context – participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, & implications for monitoring & assessment. 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Victoria, Canada, A:39 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M.S., Kaiser, F. & H.V. Strehlow (2017). Using remote cameras to monitor the recreational Atlantic salmon trolling fishery in the Baltic Sea. 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Victoria, Canada, A:15 (Oral)

Hyder, K., Weltersbach, M.S., Ferter, K., Townhill, B., Armstrong, M., Strehlow, H.V. (2016). Recreational Sea Angling – a European Perspective. ICES Annual Science Conference 2016, Riga, Lettland, G:168 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M.S., Kaiser, F., Strehlow, H.V. (2016). Surveying 2.0 - Using remote cameras to monitor a highly specialized recreational fishery in the Baltic Sea. ICES Annual Science Conference 2016, Riga, Lettland, G:285 (Oral)

Uhlmann, S.S., Davis, M.W., Ferter, K., Strehlow, H.V., Weltersbach, M.S., Benoît, H., Breen, M., Catchpole, T., Depestele, J., Cooke, S.J., Raby, G.D., Broadhurst, M.K., Kennelly, S.J. (2016). A Bayesian network approach to predict survival of caught-and-released fish. ICES Annual Science Conference 2016, Riga, Lettland, G:179 (Oral)

Ferter, K., Ring Kleiven, A., Colman, J.E., Oddvar, T., Stensland, S., Strehlow, H.V., Weltersbach, M.S., Vølstad, J.H. (2016). Developing a sampling scheme to evaluate Norwegian marine recreational fisheries - a case study in the Oslofjord. ICES Annual Science Conference 2016, Riga, Lettland, G:481 (Oral)

Ferter, K., Weltersbach, M.S., Strehlow, H.V., Hyder, K. and Vølstad, J.H. (2015). What´s the real fishing mortality? Revealing the hidden post-release mortality of Atlantic cod in marine recreational fisheries. 145th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Portland, USA, A-105 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M.S., Ferter, K. Sambraus, F., Strehlow, H.V. and Dorow, M. (2015). Post-release hook shedding mechanism of deep-hooked European eels (Anguilla anguilla). EIFAAC International Symposium on recreational fisheries, Lillehammer, Norway, D2-6 (Oral)

Ferter, K., Humberstad, O.-B. Weltersbach, M.S., Strehlow, H.V. and  Vølstad, J.H. (2015). Studying barotrauma and survival of physoclistous fish after rapid decompression: lessons learned from an Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) experiment. EIFAAC International Symposium on recreational fisheries, Lillehammer, Norway, D2-8 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M. S., Strehlow, H. V. and J. Gröger (2014). Lure versus bait – How anglers can influence catch in the recreational cod fishery. 7th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Campinas, Brazil, WRFC: 103 (Oral)

Ferter, K., Humborstad O.-B., Weltersbach, M.S., Fjelldal, P.G., Sambraus, F. and Vølstad, J.H. (2014). Barotrauma and recovery of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) after rapid decompression: combining field observations and X-ray technology. 7th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Campinas, Brazil, WRFC: 23 (Oral)  

Weltersbach, M. S., Strehlow, H. V., Ferter, K., Sambraus, F. and M. Dorow (2014). Effect of hook size and handling on post-release survival of European eel (Anguilla anguilla).  7th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Campinas, Brazil, WRFC: 71 (Oral)

Ferter, K. and M. S. Weltersbach (2014). Do we need species- and fishery-specific mortality studies? ICES WGRFS Meeting, Sukarietta, Spain (Oral and workshop)

Weltersbach, M. S., Petereit, C. and H. V. Strehlow (2014). Current status of the salmon and sea trout stocks and fisheries in Germany . ICES WGBAST Meeting, Arhus, Denmark (Oral)

Weltersbach, M. S. and H. V. Strehlow (2013). Dead or alive - estimating post-release mortality of Atlantic cod in the recreational fishery. ICES Annual Science Conference 2013, Reykjavík, Iceland, R:16 (Oral)

Weltersbach, M. S., and H. V. Strehlow (2013). Recreational fisheries on sea trout - Research activities in Germany. ICES WKTRUTTA Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark (Oral)

Weltersbach, M. S., and H. V. Strehlow (2013). Recreational fisheries on salmon and sea trout - Planned research activities in Germany. ICES WGRFS Meeting, Esporles, Spain (Oral)

Weltersbach, M. S., Petereit, C. and H. V. Strehlow (2013). Status of the salmon and sea trout stocks and fisheries in Germany. ICES WGBAST Meeting, Tallinn, Estonia (Oral)

Ferter, K., Weltersbach, M.S., Strehlow, H.V., Vølstad, J.H., Alós, J., Arlinghaus, R., Armstrong, M., Carlstrand, H., Dorow, M., de Graaf, M., van der Hammen, T., Hyder, K., Levrel, H., Paulrud, A., Radtke, K., Sparrevohn, C.R. and Rocklin, D. (2012). Marine recreational fisheries in Europe – does only harvest matter? International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Annual Science Conference, Bergen, Norway, CM 2012/C:09 (Oral)  

Weltersbach, M. S. and K. Ferter (2012). Catch-and-Release in Marine Recreational Fisheries. ICES WGRFS Meeting, Esporles, Spain (Oral and workshop)

Weltersbach, M. S. and H. V. Strehlow (2011). Comparison of sea-based recreational and commercial cod catches in the German Baltic Sea. 6th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Berlin, Germany, C3.29 (Poster)