"Reef Nienhagen"

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Third-party fund projects supported by the European Fishery Fund (EFF) of the European Union and the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Project duration from 01.01.2009 to 31.10.2015
Coordinated by the Federal State Institute of Agriculture and Fishery MV
- Institute of Fishery -

Project title:

"Reefs in the Baltic Sea"


The fishery resources of the Baltic Sea tend to decrease, despite of extensive management measures. This applies also for the Western part of the Baltic Sea and, thus, for the coastal region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The project "Artificial reef - Nienhagen" (2002 to 2008) searched for alternative opportunities to stabilize the resources for industrialized fishing in addition to the conventional management measures such as minimum length allowed to be landed, minimum mesh size, temporary fishing bans and temporarily closed areas. As a result, a large-scale artificial underwater habitat was created offshore Nienhagen as recruitment, growth and rest zone for occurring fish species. Scientific investigations on this reef proved an increase of the fishing value of this sea area. In addition, an opportunity to use the red alga Delesseria sanguinea economically was verified, thus, announcing an additional source of income for fishing companies. Based on the results of the predecessor project, a new orientation of the research project took place.


  • Determination of the period codfishes spend in the artificial habitats as well as of the migration behaviour of possible local codfish resources
  • Determination of a possible improvement of the natural resettlement rate and fishery-related revaluation of spoil grounds and dumping spots by installing artificial habitats
  • Additional activities for the development of a marketable product based on Delesseria sanguinea
  • Organization of a popular scientific preparation of the research results to sensitize people to the ecosystem BALTIC-SEA

Main tasks / Institution in charge:

  • Fishery-biological investigations
    Fish and Environment M- V, reg. association
  • Settlement economic investigations and investigations on a food aquaculture
    Institute of applied biology and landscape planning (bioplan GmbH)
  • Public presentation
  • Economic use of the Baltic Sea red alga Delesseria sanguinea
    Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
  • Underwater video observation, data transfer included
    Stanley Security Deutschland GmbH
    Unterwassertechnik Kordian


Wie geht es mit dem Riff-Projekt weiter?

Wissenschaftler der LFA verstehen die Welt nicht mehr! Die Weiterführung des so erfolgreichen Riffprojektes steht in den Sternen! mehr

29.08.2018 I Thomas Mohr


In 24 Monaten wurden ca. 7000 Dorsche gefangen und markiert.
Der erste Projektabschnitt steht kurz vor dem Abschluss. mehr

21.06.2018 I Thomas Mohr
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Third-party fund projects supported by the European Fishery Fund (EFF) of the European Union and the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection Mecklenburg-Vorpommern