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Institute of

SF Sea Fisheries

Dr. Sven Gastauer

Institute of Sea Fisheries

Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 450

Research Interests

  • Detection of distribution and habitat preference patterns of fish and zooplankton using hydroacoustic methods
  • Estimation of stock parameters using hydroacoustics
  • Development of hydroacoustic methods and scattering models


  • Hydroacoustic monitoring of fish stocks
  • Further development of hydroacoustic methods for stock parameter estimations
  • Combination of hydroacoustic and other invasive and non invasive monitoring technologies
  • Acoustic process automation using machine learning
  • Development of acoustic scattering models

Educational background and employment

  • since 2021: Researcher at Thünen-Institut für Seefischerei, Bremerhaven
  • 2021: Visiting scholar at University of California San Diego – Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • 2019 – 2021: Postdoctoral scholar at the University of California San Diego – Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • 2016 - 2019: Postdoctoral scholar at Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC / Australian Antarctic Division (University of Tasmania, Australia)
  • 2014 – 2017: PhD dissertation: “An Ecosystem Approach, the Acoustic Assessment of the Northern Demersal Scalefish Fishery – Distribution, Habitat and Abundance”, Curtin University, Perth, West-Australien, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Centre for Marine Sciences
  • 2011-2014: Researcher at Wageningen Marine Research, Ijmuiden, Niederlande
  • 2010-2011: Self-employed hydroacoustic researcher
  • 2009-2010: Master of Science (with distinction), Marine Environmental Protection , University of Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom with thesis: „Towards a better understanding of fish stock dynamics, based on integrated scientific data collected onboard a fishing vessel”
  • 2005-2009: Bachelor of Science, Environmental Sciences, Albert-Ludwig Universität Freiburg with thesis “Habitat preference of Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in the Barse block of the Dhorpathan hunting reserve (Nepal) during the premonsoon season“

Working groups and committees

Working Group - CommitteeTasks
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.

Publications and links

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