Eastern Baltic cod—New knowledge of growth and mortality is the way to improved management advice (TORSKERÅD) (39366)

Project Details


The aim of the project is to improve the knowledge and data basis for stock assessment and management for cod in the eastern Baltic Sea.

In later years, changes in growth and natural mortality of cod have presumably taken place and new knowledge on these parameters is essential for restoring analytical stock assessment for Eastern Baltic cod that is currently lacking. Improved knowledge on cod growth and mortality is therefore a prerequisite for being able to evaluate the stock status in relation to management targets and implement management plans that are built on quantitative stock assessment. Ecological situation in the Baltic Sea has changed in later years, which requires updated biological information. This is done in the project using different approaches, bringing together expertise of different research areas.

The approaches applied include molecular-genetic analyses of cod growth, bioenergetic modelling, and analyses of monitoring data on predation and condition/growth of cod.

An important component of the project is cooperation with fishing industry to support tagging experiments of Baltic cod, to obtain updated estimates of cod growth.

Finally, the project combines the new knowledge on cod that becomes available from this and other relevant projects to ensure that the assessment of stocks status and management advice is based on best available scientific information.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua (coordinator)
Danish Fishermen Producer Organization, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Denmark  

The project is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Danish Fisheries Agency.

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Research area: Fish Biology
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics
Research area: Population Genetics
Research area: Marine Living Resources
Effective start/end date15/08/201615/08/2018

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