Effects of bottom trawling: IOW leads large Baltic Sea field experiment with four research vessels

From July 16, 2024, a 19-day research cruise will start in the Baltic Sea area off Kühlungsborn. Under the direction of the IOW, a large-scale trawling experiment will be carried out there, involving the research vessels Elisabeth Mann Borgese (IOW), Alkor (GEOMAR Kiel), Clupea (Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries) and Limanda (University of Rostock). Together, a variety of samples will be taken and processed in order to gain a detailed insight into the changes in and on the sediment after bottom trawling. Further information can be found here in the press release (in German).

Our trip can be followed here from July 16th.

EMB 342 Project Cruise

As part of the MGF-Baltic Sea II project, the RV Elisabeth Mann Borgese (EMB) was on a project cruise in the Baltic Sea in June 2024. The scientist gathered important data for the time series to documented the current state prior to the exclusion of bottom trawling fisheries in the marine protection areas.


MGF-Status Seminar 2024

On April 23rd and 24th, the involved scientists and stakeholders of the MGF project met for the annual status meeting at the Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW).

The various working groups presented their results from the North and Baltic Seas and outlined their planned approaches for the upcoming project period.

In breakout groups, more detailed discussions took place, focusing on topics such as monitoring concepts, non-invasive sampling methods, and new modeling approaches.

MGF Ostsee Meeting 12/13 December 2022

This year's MGF Ostsee project meeting took place from 12 to 13 December 2022 in Warnemünde. The participants presented their current results, summarised the status of publications and discussed further cooperation. A second project phase is currently being planned.

Teilnehmer MGF Ostsee Meeting Dezember 2022. © IOW/ K.Beck
Teilnehmer MGF Ostsee Meeting Dezember 2022. © IOW/ K.Beck



Expedition has started!

The research vessel Elisabeth Mann Borgese is being loaded. © C.Schmidt
The research vessel Elisabeth Mann Borgese is being loaded. © C.Schmidt

On June 2, the next expedition in the MGF Baltic Sea project has started. Goal: extensive inventory of the geoacoustic and geochemical composition of the seabed of the marine protected areas Oderbank and Fehmarnbelt and the inhabiting organisms living there.

A press release was also released to mark the start of the expedition:




Kickoff meeting of scientists on 1/2.12.2020

On 1/2.12.2020 the long awaited kickoff meeting of the MGF North Sea - and MGF Baltic Sea - scientists finally took place. Due to the Corona pandemic, the meeting, which was actually planned for spring 2020, had to be postponed to autumn and now took place virtually. The content of the meeting was mainly about the current status of the work and first results. Around 70 participants, including guests from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the project management attended the meeting.

Kickoff-Meeting 1/2.12.20