German Sea Angling Program


 (c) Thuenen-Institut / Annemarie Schuetz

DCF (Data Collection Framework): Collection of data of the German recreational fishery (angling) as part of the Data Collection Framework of the EU

Next to the commercial fishery the recreational fishery plays an important role concerning the removal of biomass from fish stocks. For certain species recreational fishery catches can have a significant share of the total landings. In addition to its importance for the scientific stock assessment recreational fishery has particular commercial relevance.

Background and Objective

Since 2003 the Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries (OF) is collecting recreational fishery data in German marine waters of the North and Baltic Sea. This includes effort and catch per unit of effort (e.g. catch/day) in order to estimate total catch for selected species. The aims of the data collection are to obtain reliable, consistent and comparable catch and effort data of the recreational fishery. This data are to improve the current stock assessment, which up until now depends solely on data from the commercial fishery and fishery-independent research. In consequence, this will allow an improved management in particularly of the cod stock.




Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • European Union (EU)
    (international, öffentlich)
  • Bundesland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    (national, öffentlich)
  • Bundesverband der deutschen Fischindustrie und des Fischgroßhandels e.V.
    (national, privat)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    (national, öffentlich)
  • German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)
    (national, öffentlich)


Permanent task 1.2001 - 12.2020

More Information

Projekt type:
Project status: ongoing


hits: 11

  1. Weltersbach MS (2018) Einbezug der Sterblichkeit von Rückwürfen in der Freizeitfischerei in das europäische Fischereimanagement. Rostock: Univ, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, 115 p, Rostock, Univ, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Diss, 2018, DOI:10.18453/rosdok_id00002306
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  2. Hyder K, Weltersbach MS, Armstrong M, Strehlow HV, et al (2018) Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context : participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment. Fish Fisheries 19(2):225-243, DOI:10.1111/faf.12251
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 12478 kb
  3. Radford Z, Hyder K, Zarauz L, Mugerza E, Ferter K, Prellezo R, Strehlow HV, Townhill B, Lewin W-C, Weltersbach MS (2018) The impact of marine recreational fishing on key fish stocks in European waters. PLoS One 13(9):e0201666, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0201666
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 1347 kb
  4. Strehlow HV (2017) Die Sache mit dem Angelhaken .... Meer Küste(6):21
  5. Strehlow HV, Weltersbach MS (2017) Jobmotor Meeresangeln - Zwei aktuelle Studien belegen: Meeresangeln ist ein bedeutender Wirtschaftsfaktor in Europa [online]. Fischerei Fischmarkt MV(4):38-40, zu finden in <> [zitiert am 05.01.2018]
  6. Strehlow HV (2017) Quote für Angler. Meer Küste(6):28
  7. Hyder K, Radford Z, Prellezo R, Weltersbach MS, Lewin W-C, Zarauz L, Ferter K, Ruiz J, Townhill B, Mugerza E, Strehlow HV (2017) Research for PECH Committee - Marine recreational and semi-subsistence fishing - its value and its impact on fish stocks : Study. Luxembourg: European Commission, DOI:10.2861/2728
  8. Eero M, Strehlow HV, Adams CM, Vinther M (2015) Does recreational catch impact the TAC for commercial fisheries? ICES J Mar Sci 72(2):450-457, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsu121
  9. Weltersbach MS, Strehlow HV (2013) Dead or alive - estimating post-release mortality of Atlantic cod in the recreational fishery. ICES J Mar Sci 70(4):864-872, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst038
  10. Ferter K, Weltersbach MS, Strehlow HV, Volstad JH, Asos J, Arlinghaus R, Armstrong M, Dorow M, Graaf M de, Hammen T van der, Hyder K, Levrel H, Paulrud A, Radtke K, Rocklin D, Sparrevohn CR, Veiga P (2013) Unexpectedly high catch-and-release rates in European marine recreational fisheries: implications for science and management. ICES J Mar Sci 70(7):1319-1329, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst104
  11. Strehlow HV, Schultz N, Zimmermann C, Hammer C (2012) Cod catches taken by the German recreational fishery in the Western Baltic Sea, 2005-2010: implications for stock assessment and management. ICES J Mar Sci 69(10):1769-1780