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Institute of

SF Sea Fisheries

Dr. Matthias Schaber

Institute of Sea Fisheries

Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 452
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Identification of distribution patterns and habitat associations of fishes with hydroacoustic methods
  • Assessment of fish stock parameters with hydroacoustic methods
  • Development of behavioral and habitat models for the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management
  • Feeding ecology of fishes
  • Fish ecology, fish species communities
  • Invasive species and their impact on marine ecosystems
  • Effects of climate change on distribution, habitat use and ecology of fishes


  • Enhancing Prediction of Tropical Atlantic Climate and its impacts (PREFACE)
  • Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West African waters (AWA)
  • Hydroacoustic monitoring of fish stock for the determination of stock sizes and allowable catch quantities
  • Adaptation and further development of methods for hydroacoustic estimation of fish stocks

Educational background and employment

  • since 2010: Scientist at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries
  • since 2005: Elaboration of PhD-Thesis: "Small to meso-scale distribution of Baltic cod (Gadus morhua L.) as resolved by hydroacoustics: Habitat preferences and limits"
  • 2004 – 2010: Scientist at Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel
  • 2001 – 2004: Fisheries Biologist at MariLim Aquatic Research and Inverstigations, Kiel
  • 2001: Diplom at the Institute for Marine Sciences at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel. Thesis title: "Spatial variability in the food composition of selected fish species in the Bornholm Basin"
  • 1995 – 2001: Studies in biology at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel. Major subject: Fishery biology. Subsidiary subjects: Zoology, oceanography.

Working Groups and Committees

ICES Working GroupContent - Tasks
Baltic International Fish Survey Working Group (WGBIFS)Planning, coordination, and implementation of demersal trawl surveys and hydroacoustic surveys in the Baltic Sea.
Working Group on Elasmobranch Fishes (WGEF)WGEF is responsible for providing assessments and advice on the state of the stocks of sharks, skates, and rays throughout the ICES area.
Working Group on International Pelagic Surveys (WGIPS)WGIPS coordinates, implements, and reports on acoustic surveys for pelagic fish species in ICES divisions 1-8 and subdivisions 21–24. WGIPS currently covers 4 internationally coordinated and 8 national surveys. These surveys provide indexes for the assessment of pelagic fish stocks in the North East Atlantic.
Working Group on Fisheries Acoustics, Science and Technology (WGFAST)WGFAST focuses on the development and application of science and technology used to observe the marine environment. WGFAST holds state-of-the-art expertise in advanced acoustic-trawl survey techniques, and employs these techniques on a wide range of platforms including research vessels, ships of opportunity, and observatories.
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