The Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation was signed 24 May 2013 by the European Union, the United States, and Canada aligning their ocean observation and research efforts. The statement led to the establishment of EU Horizon 2020 project Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination and Support Action (AORAC-SA). The aim of AORAC-SA is to provide its partners with relevant and responsive information on ocean research to meet scientific and industry needs in the North Atlantic.
ICES has been supporting transatlantic cooperation since ourinception. This support is now formalized through AORAC-SA, with ICES leading three work packages: aquaculture, the ecosystem approach to ocean health and stressors, and knowledge sharing platform.
Through our extensive network of scientists from 20 member countries and beyond, we are able to provide relevant and evidence-based information for sustainable management of the Atlantic Ocean area and adjacent seas - including the Arctic. This broad network provides a platform for knowledge exchange and best practice development on important marine science issues.
ICES responds to the priorities established by the European Action Plan for the North Atlantic in many ways:
Contribution to Priority 1: Support Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)
Contribution to Priority 2: Protect, secure, and develop the potential of Atlantic marine and coastal environments
Council Strategic Initiative on Maritime Transatlantic Cooperation (CSIMTC)A think tank focused on contributing with strategic input to successful transatlantic cooperation, including research financing in the North Atlantic. The group is chaired by Alain Vezina (Canada) and Fritz Köster (Denmark).