Feb 19
How to search for data - tips and tricks
​We host over 300 million recorded measurements spanning over 127 years. Find out how to browse and access these data with our instructional videos and tips.

​​​How do I access ICES data portal?

Your journey into our world of georeferenced data begins by accessing the data portal landing page. 
  • Select 'data portals' from the marine data drop-down menu at the top of the homepage.
  • Click 'ICES data portal' in the refinement panel on the left.
  • The resulting page contains icons for our six datasets: 'ICES Ocean' - oceanographic data, 'DATRAS' - trawl survey data, 'DOME' - environmental data, 'Historical datasets' - historical and current plankton data, 'Stomach data' - data relating to the contents of fish stomachs, and 'eggs and larvae' - eggs and larvae data. 
  • Select the globe and magnifying glass icon for the complete data inventory.​​​​

How do I navigate ICES data portal?

To navigate the data portal, you need to start from the data portal landing page. In a nutshell, the tabs at the top of the table are your entry point for the search and columns on the left for further refine​ment.
  • Select one of the tabs as the entry point for your search. Under each tab, each category or subcategory is listed with four statistical columns on the right and refinement options on the left.
  • For each category or subcategory you can use the left-hand columns to further refine your search. So for example if you use the tab 'data type' to begin, you could select 'fish trawl survey data from the Irish Ground Fish Survey', then use either the species icon or parameter icon in the columns on the left to narrow the search down.
  • You can also use the search field to type in exactly what you are looking for. Make sure you select the 'reset' button next to the field to reset the data.


How do I visualize data on the map?

You can click and drag the map around using the mouse and also zoom in and out using the plus and minus buttons on the left-hand side.

  • Manoeuvre the map to your desired region then, whilst holding down shit and the left mouse button, drag the mouse across the screen to create an orange box. 
  • Click the 'update summaries' button underneath. This refines all the data in the table at the bottom of the page according to the delimited area.​ This applies to all categories and tabs in the table. ​
  • Hit the 'reset' button to return to the complete inventory and to erase the orange box on the map.
Feb 08
ICES advice: how to search for the latest advice and how to find advice in our library

​​​​​ICES evaluates the best available science to provide advice on the most sustainable use and protection of marine ecosystems to governments and international regulatory bodies that manage the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas.

All ICES advice is available to read online and website users can keep up to date with current advice requests and advice release dates for the current year by checking the advice calendar​ (regular users should bookmark this page).

How do I find the latest Advice?

On ICES home page, underneath the photo campaigns, you will see a link Follow our advisory process. Clicking here brings you through to the hub of our advisory pages. You will seeLatest advice at the top of the left hand menu on this page. Click here to find ICES latest advice.

You can also find your way to ICES latest advice from any page on the ICES website in two ways:

  • On the top menu, click on Community and a drop down list appears. The third option here is Advisory process. Follow this link and then choose latest advice from the left hand side menu.
  • Alternatively, scroll down to the grey footer at the bottom. Under Quick links, you will see Latest advice. Click on this link.

If you are a regular visitor to ICES latest advice​, you should bookmark this page, to ensure quicker access in future.

How do I search for ICES advice in the library?

To search for specific advice by species, ecoregion, or year, users should go to ICES library.

 Use the left-hand side refinement panel to find the advice you are looking for:

  • Under publication type choose Advice.
  • Choose a specific year (or All if you want to see multiple years advice)
  • Choose a specific ECO Region (or All if you want to see multiple years advice)
  • Choose a specific Species.

After filtering, the relevant advice you are looking for will be listed in the main panel.

Feb 05
ICES expert groups and searching for expert group reports in our library

What is an ICES expert group?

ICES has almost 150 expert/study groups and workshops in its network today that address many diverse issues of the marine ecosystem. To become a member of an expert group, you must be nominated by your national delegate​. Groups may also include additional invited expertise to ensure the highest quality, peer-reviewed science. Terms of Reference are assigned to every group by their parent committee - (the Science Committee (SCICOM) or Advisory Committee (ACOM) - to guide their work.

Expert group members work throughout the year and normally meet annually or bi-annually to address their assigned Terms of Reference and write their report. Their reports are working documents and are therefore not peer-reviewed.

Each expert group has their own individual webpage. To find this page, click on the Community​ tab on the main website navigation panel and choose Groups​ from the dropdown menu.

Search for the relevant group by entering the group's name or acronym in the search panel. Alternatively, if you would like to view a list of groups arranged by parent committee or steering group, use the left hand side affiliation refinement panel.

Once you have found the relevant group, click through to their webpage to find information about the group's work, as well as links to their Terms of Reference (ToRs), group members, and their latest report.​​

Finding expert group reports

All expert group reports are available in the ICES library. Some groups have reports going back many years. To find a specific report, you should follow a few easy steps. 

  • Open the ICES library 
  • Use the following tabs on the lefthand side refinement panel:
    • Type
    • Year
    • By Acronym
  • Under Type, choose expert group reports
  • Under Year, choose the year of the report you are searching for
  • Under By Acronym, choose the expert group acronym
  • The relevant report will now appear

Some groups' reports contains multiple sections and annexes. In order to display these sections in order:

  • In the drop down box directly above the reports, choose Alphabetically
  • The sections of the report are now in correct order

​If you need additional help, watch our video tutorial​. ​​

Feb 05
Welcome to the website wizard blog

Here to answer all your website wonderings and solve all your website worries.​​

If you have any questions about any part of the ICES website,
please send me a mail​ with your question.

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ICES Website wizard - here to answer your website  wonderings and solve your website worries.​​ If you have any questions about any part of the ICES website, please send a mail​ with your question.