In order to reduce bycatch of harbour porpoises in gillnets, fishermen have been using so-called Porpoise ALerting Devices (PALs) voluntarily off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein since 2017. In an international research project, scientists are now and until the end of 2024 examining the effectiveness of the bycatch reduction and the long-term effects of the warning devices.
The oceanographer Professor Burkard Baschek will take over as designated scientific director of the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund. He is successor of Dr. Harald Benke, who has worked for the foundation for over 25 years and will retire on 31 July 2021.
A three-year study of the hearing ability of penguins at the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund in collaboration with partners in Germany and Denmark presented its findings during an online final conference in April. This project lays the scientific foundation for future research on hearing in diving birds and contributes to our understanding of the extent to which seabirds require protection from underwater noise in the wild.
A new photography exhibition at the OZEANEUM Stralsund gives museum visitors insights into the largest Arctic expedition in history. Thirteen large-scale photographs by Esther Horvath, Lianna Nixon and Michael Gutsche document the unique expedition of the research vessel POLARSTERN. The vernissage took place online in cooperation with filmmaker Marcus Friedrich.
As part of the science communication initiative for the international project "Hearing in Penguins", the German Oceanographic Museum Stralsund, the Museum of Natural History Berlin and the German Environment Agency announce the release of an educational clip on underwater noise.
On November 26th, the budget committee of the German Bundestag adopted a budget increase of ten million euros for the German Oceanographic Museum intended for expansion of its NAUTINEUM location on the isle of Dänholm in Stralsund.