Institute of

Baltic Sea Fisheries


Katharina Wolf
Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 66099 102
Fax: +49 381 66099 199

Dr. Thomas Noack

Dr. Thomas  Noack

until January 15th, 2020

Fields of Activity

Project "Reduction of plastic waste from the brown shrimp fishery through gear modifications (DRopS)"

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

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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  1. Noack T, Stepputtis D, Madsen N, Wieland K, Haase S, Krag LA (2019) Gear performance and catch process of a commercial Danish anchor seine. Fisheries Res 211:204-211, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.11.012
  2. Noack T, Frandsen RP, Krag LA, Mieske B, Madsen N (2017) Codend selectivity in a commercial Danish anchor seine. Fisheries Res 186:283-291, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2016.10.006
  3. 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
  4. 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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  1. 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
  2. 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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