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Institute of

SF Sea Fisheries

Dr. Vanessa Stelzenmüller

Institute of Sea Fisheries

Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 381
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Ecosystem based fisheries and marine management with emphasis on marine spatial planning and conflicts between fisheries and other uses and the marine ecosystems of the North Sea
  • Development of integrated modelling approaches and decision support tools to both assess spatial management options and to support the implementation of an ecosystem based fisheries and marine management
  • Development of spatial distribution models of marine resources and fisheries activities among others with the help of geostatistical methods and GIS
  • Evaluation of marine spatial planning scenarios concerning fisheries and marine living resources


  • Offshore Site Selection for a sustainable and multi-functional use of marine areas in heavily utilized seas with the North Sea as an example (OSS)
  • EU project: Preparatory Action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the North East Atlantic/North Sea/Channel Area (MASPNOSE)
  • EU project: Interaction in coastal waters: A roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries (COEXIST)
  • EU project: Monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed areas (MESMA)
  • MSFD - Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework directive – Definition and validation of indicators and initial assessment

Educational background and employment

  • since 2010: Marine Scientist at the Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg
  • 2007 – 2009: Marine Scientist at the Centre of Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Lowestoft, UK
  • 2005 – 2007: Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Marine Science (ICM), Barcelona, Spain funded by a postdoctoral grant of the DFG
  • 2005: Doctoral thesis at the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the marine Environment, Oldenburg, (Germany) in cooperation with the Federal Institute of Sea fisheries, Hamburg (Germany) funded by a doctoral grant of the DBU
  • 2001: Diplom (MSc) Marine Environmental Science, Oldenburg University, Germany.

Working Groups and Committees

Working Group - CommitteeTasks
Working Group on Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal Zone Management (WGMPCZM)The working group deals with the scientific basics (ecological, economical, socio-cultural) needed for a sustainable maritime spatial planning process.
Working Group on Cumulative Effects Assessment Approaches in Management (WGCEAM) - Co-ChairThis working group is developing a flexible approach for the analysis and assessment of risks of cumulative effects on different ecosystem components. The working group is characterized by its interdisciplinary mode of operation. The developed approach will be tested in case studies.
National Committees
Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), Scientific "Begleitkreis" Maritime Spatial Planning
The scientific "Begleitkreis" gives the BSH advice on the adjustment and development of the Maritime Spatial Planning within the EEZ of the North- and Baltic Seas.
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