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Institute of

SF Sea Fisheries

Dr. Sarah Simons

Institute of Sea Fisheries

Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 387
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Innovation and further development of bio-economic models (e.g. FishRent, FLBEIA)
  • Economics and Management in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Impact (e.g. of climate change) on marine ecosystems, fisheries and aquaculture
  • Alternative production systems and development strategies in fisheries and aquaculture


  • Team leader of the economics unit
  • Socio-economic evaluation and bio-economic impact assessment of management measures in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Comparison across sectors and simulations of different production systems
  • Contributions to Advisory Committees of the European Union (STECF) and ICES committees
  • Support in conducting third-party funded research projects

Educational background and employment

  • Since 2011: Research scientist at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries
  • 2011 - 2014: PhD within the VECTORs EU project at the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries (TI) and the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries science (IHF) at the University of Hamburg, “Integrating biological components into a spatially explicit, complex economic model for fisheries management evaluations: The North Sea saithe fishery as a case study”
  • 2009 - 2011: Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Ghent (Belgium), Algarve (Portugal) and Paris (France) and the NOAA, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA (United States). Master thesis: "Quantifying catch performance of Turtle Excluder Devices in the Northwest Atlantic bottom trawl fishery"
  • 2010: Research assistant at the Laboratoire Arago, Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls/Mer, France
  • 2009 - 2010: Researcher within the BIOMARES-Life project at the Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
  • 2009: Research assistant at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2008: Assistant at the Institute for Marine Biology, Isola de Giglio, Italy
  • 2006 - 2009: Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Hamburg. Bachelor Thesis: "Conflict management in juvenile spectacled parrotlets-comparison between singletons and siblings."

Working Groups and Committees

Working Group - CommitteeTasks
Working Group on Economics (WGECON)WGECON addresses the challenge of bringing fisheries economics into ICES science and advice.
Working Group on Mixed Fisheries Advice for the North Sea (WGMIXFISH-ADVICE, WGMIXFISH-METHODS)WGMIXFISH produces management advice and options which take into account the consequences of technical interactions in multistock, multigear fisheries.
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