The Institute of Inland Fisheries (IfB) was newly established in 1992 as the centre for practical research into fishing for the German states of Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt. The ministries responsible for fishing in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt are the supporting organisations and regular providers of government grants for the IfB. The Institute also finances its operations from funding that it attracts from outside sources.
According to its own statutes, the task of the Institute is to work out practical, scientific principles and provide the results of experiments and data for decisions on fishing policy and inland fishing practices in the states that provide its funding. The Institute also carries out work on scientific projects, services and experiments for various outside funding donors. The IfB views its work as a bridge and connecting link between pure research and the world of practice.
The Institute has the legal form of a non-profit registered association. The most important committee is the members’ meeting. For specialist issues within its research work, the IfB is supported by a scientific advisory board, which consists of as many as eight outside scientists with expertise in various fields of freshwater fishing. This committee enhances the links that the Institute has with research institutes in the same or related fields of knowledge and practice and it advises the board and scientists responsible for individual projects when handling research topics. The IfB has adopted the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG) to ensure good scientific practice.