Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)113 577 495
PhD student
Universiteit Gent
Karline Soetaert

Justin Tiano

PhD student


  • Electric pulse fishing in the North Sea
  • Effects of fishing on ecosystem functioning
  • Benthic oxygen and nutrient dynamics
  • Seasonal biogeochemical dynamics in the Oosterschelde estuary

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I am a marine ecosystem ecologist working closely with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Wagenigen Marine Research (WMR) and the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) in order to unravel the ecosystem effects of electric pulse fishing in the North Sea. Impacts of this controversial method on the functioning of ecosystems and their biogeochemistry are relatively unknown, yet it still may be a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional beam trawling.  My research at the NIOZ aims to shed light on the possible consequences of electrical stimulation on marine habitats and to compare and contrast these with conventional methods. 

Linked news

Tuesday 23 April 2019
Research on pulse trawling continues: both trawling methods affect oxygen and nutrients in seabed
The European Parliament has decided to ban pulse fishing from 1 July 2021, however, the research on the impact of pulse trawling versus beam trawling continues. Pulse trawling was developed as an alternative to beam trawling as it uses less fuel and…
Wednesday 30 May 2018
Internationaal advies aan Nederlands ministerie: pulsvisserij minder milieu- en ecologische effecten dan traditionele boomkorvisserij
~~~Scroll down for English ~~~ De Internationale Raad voor Onderzoek van de Zee (ICES) heeft op verzoek van Nederland vandaag een adviesrapport uitgebracht aan het ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit over de impact van elektrische…

Linked blogs

Tuesday 13 June 2017
NIOZ@Sea: North Sea expedition
Seven PhD students, three senior scientists, two assistants and the 12-headed Pelagia crew will embark on a scientific research cruise to the North Sea in the first two weeks of June.

NIOZ publications

Linked projects

PULS_Impact Assessment of Pulstrawl Fishery (IAPF)
Karline Soetaert
Wageningen Marine Research
Project duration
1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2019