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: 4

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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