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Institute of

SF Sea Fisheries

Dr. Matthias Bernreuther

Institute of Sea Fisheries

Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 249

Research interests

  • Arctic fish stocks
  • Stock assessment
  • Feeding ecology of fishes


  • Annual surveys of demersal fish stocks in the North Sea and North Atlantic for the assessment of biologically sustainable catch levels
  • Biological monitoring of German fisheries activities in the North Sea and North Atlantic and derivation of protection measures for fish stocks
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Educational background and employment

  • since 2008: Scientist at the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries
  • 2008: Professional training in Project Management. Graduated as Project Management Associate (IPMA, Level D)
  • 2002 – 2008: Scientific employee at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science. University of Hamburg, Germany. Project GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics)
  • 2002 – 2007: PhD-studies at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, University of Hamburg. Title: „Investigations on the feeding ecology of Baltic Sea herring (Clupea harengus L.) and sprat (Sprattus sprattus L.).”
  • 1995 – 2001: Studies of Biology (main subject: Fisheries biology) at University of Hamburg. Diploma thesis title: „Untersuchungen zur mikrophagen Ernährung ausgewählter Meeresfische“ (in German).

Working Groups and Committees

Working Group - CommitteeTasks
Arctic Fisheries Working Group (AFWG)This working group performs assessments of cod, haddock, saithe, redfish, Greenland halibut, and capelin stocks in ICES areas 1 and 2 (Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea).
Working Group on International Deep Pelagic Ecosystem Surveys (WGIDEEPS)Co-chairThis working group plans and reports on the international hydroacoustic-trawl surveys on pelagic redfish in the Irminger and Norwegian seas.
Expert Working Group on Balance Between Fishing Capacity and Fishing OpportunitiesThis yearly assembled Expert Working Group analyzes the reports of the EU member states regarding the balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities.
International Committees
EU Regional Coordination Group North Atlantic, North Sea & Eastern Arctic (RCM NA NS and EA)In this group the EU member states shall coordinate their data collection activities with other member states in the same marine region and shall make every effort to coordinate their actions with third countries having sovereignty or jurisdiction over waters in the same marine region. The aims of the RCGs are to develop and implement procedures, methods, quality assurance and quality control for collecting and processing data with a view to enabling the reliability of scientific advice to be further improved.
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