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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Thomas Noack

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 147
+49 381 66099 199

Research Interests

 Reduction of negative impacts fishing gears have on the environment by:

  • reducing bycatches in active and passive gears
  • applying fish behavior patterns to improve gear selectivity
  • reducing interactions between active gears and the sea floor 
  • increasing the efficiency of active and passive gears
  • estimating survival rates of discards and evaluating methods for improving those

Scientific background

since July 2021: Scientist at the Thünen Institute, project "Gillnet modifications to reduce bycatch (PEARLNET_OP)"

03/2019-01/2020: Scientist at the Thünen Institute

2017-2019: PostDoc at the Technical University of Denmark in Hirtshals (Denmark), project: COPE („Caught and released: an Overview of fishes’ sensitivity to being discarded as a tool to aid Pursuing Ecosystem-based management“)

2014-2017: PhD-studies at the Technical University of Denmark in Hirtshals (Denmark), PhD thesis: “Danish seine – Ecosystem effects of fishing“

2011-2013: Master studies “Marine biology” at the University of Rostock (Germany), Master thesis: “Reduction of bycatch in the Baltic Sea Fisheries“

2008-2011: Double-Degree Bachelor studies: “Ecology and Environment Protection” and „Biological Sciences” at the University of Rostock (Germany) and the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Bachelor thesis: “Towing vs. Heaving - When does the fish escape?“


Publications (Thünen)

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    Noack T, Stepputtis D, Madsen N, Wieland K, Haase S, Krag LA (2019) Gear performance and catch process of a commercial Danish anchor seine. Fish Res 211:204-211, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.11.012

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    Noack T, Frandsen RP, Krag LA, Mieske B, Madsen N (2017) Codend selectivity in a commercial Danish anchor seine. Fish Res 186:283-291, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2016.10.006

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    Noack T, Madsen N, Mieske B, Frandsen RP, Wieland K, Krag LA (2017) Estimating escapement of fish and invertebrates in a Danish anchor seine. ICES J Mar Sci 74(9):2480-2488, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsx066

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    Herrmann B, Mieske B, Stepputtis D, Krag LA, Madsen N, Noack T (2013) Modelling towing and haul-back escape patterns during the fishing process: a case study for cod, plaice, and flounder in the demersal Baltic Sea cod fishery. ICES J Mar Sci 70(4):850-863, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fst032

Publications (previous)

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    Noack T, Frandsen RP, Wieland K, Krag LA, Berg F, Madsen N (2017) Fishing profiles of Danish seiners and bottom trawlers in relation to current EU management regulations. Fish Manag Ecol 24(6):436-445, DOI:10.1111/fme.12244

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    Herrmann B, Krag LA, Feekings JP, Noack T (2016) Understanding and predicting size selection in diamond-mesh cod ends for Danish seining: A study based on sea trials and computer simulations. Mar Coastal Fish 8(1):277-291, DOI:10.1080/19425120.2016.1161682

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