Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology



WGZEWGZETrueLidia Yebra, Sophie PitoisEPDSGlidia.yebra@ieo.es, sophie.pitois@cefas.co.uk149Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology

The ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology (WGZE) monitors zooplankton sampling activities in the North Atlantic region and reviews new zooplankton sampling and analysis technologies.

​​​​​​​​​​​WGZE’s observation of zooplankton sampling activities includes comparative analyses of zooplankton time-series (from national monitoring programs) in relation to climate variability. The group also organizes taxonomic and laboratory workshops, zooplankton symposia, and joint meetings with other scientific groups within and outside ICES for comparison of plankton ecology between regions.

WGZE has over 70 Members and Chair-invited Members from 20 countries, representing zooplankton science. Through the sampling efforts and contributions of these scientists, WGZE has established a collection of 40 zooplankton monitoring sites (along with 40 standard areas from the Continuous Plankton Recorder surveys), providing zooplankton time-series across the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Baltic Sea. Every other year, WGZE collectively analyses these data and produces a Zooplankton Status Report, summarizing trends among regions and over time.

Other activities of WGZE include the ICES Zooplankton Methodology Manual and the ICES Zooplankton Identification Leaflets.

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