Project Details


The aim of the project was to characterize coastal habitats based upon their function as optimal areas for stock enhancement projects, where artificially reared individuals are released with the purpose of increasing local stock sizes.

Towards this aim, the basic criteria for stocking were reviewed and discussed (Støttrup & Sparrevohn, 2007). Habitat suitability was examined (Carl et al. 2008) and methods for estimating mortality of newly released fish were developed together with means of securing the highest possible survival after release (Sparrevohn & Støttrup, 2007).

The potential of linking available prey items to growth of released individuals was examined together with potential for this linkage as a parameter to identify areas suitable for stock enhancement (Sparrevohn & Støttrup, 2008). Predation impact was explored through field experiments (avian predators; Sparrevohn & Støttrup, 2007; Støttrup & Sparrevohn, 2007) and theoretically using ecosystem modeling (Dalsgård et al. 2008 and Nielsen et al., 2008 (both reports).

The project was coordinated by DTU Aqua.
Research area: Coastal EcologyResearch area: Shellfish and Seaweed
Effective start/end date01/01/200531/12/2010

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Aarhus University (Project partner)
  • Local fishermen associations (Project partner)
  • Danish Organization for Amateur Fishermen (Project partner)
  • Wageningen University & Research (Project partner)


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