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News from 2013
ICES president meets with the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
ICES President meets with EC officials to discuss ICES role in providing useful marine science-based input to decision makers for informed policy development.
ASC Call for Papers and highlighted theme sessions
Ahead of the ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) 2013, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, 23-27 September, potential participants in this year’s event can now submit abstracts to the 18 thematic sessions described in the official Call for Papers.
The Recipe for ecosystem overviews in ICES
“How do we transfer our improved understanding of human interactions with the marine ecosystem into our operational advice?” This was the central question addressed by ICES Workshop on Ecosystem Overviews (WKECOVER).
Call for nominations for Outstanding Achievement award
Do you know someone who has contributed immeasurably to ICES work over the last 15 years? If you feel a person’s contribution has been special, then why not consider putting them forward for the Outstanding Achievement Award?
ASC 2013 Call for Papers
In preparation for ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) 2013, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, potential participants in this year’s event can now submit abstracts from their scientific documents on the back of the publication of 2013’s Call for Papers.
Getting a Handle on Twitter - interviews with scientists on social media
Manuel Frias (HELCOM) and Mari Myksvoll (IMR) answer questions about their use of the increasingly popular social media tool Twitter and its effectiveness and uniqueness as a vehicle for communication in the world of marine science.
IJMS Editor's Choice: Eightbar grouper biology
A selected Editor’s Choice article from the latest issue of the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now freely available. This month, read more about the life history of an exploited deep-water grouper, including spawning omission at higher latitudes.
Irish Minister visits ICES to hear about science based advice
Fergus O'Dowd, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Government, visited ICES Secretariat 5 March.
New ICES Science Plan in the making
ICES Science Committee (SCICOM) held its annual meeting at the ICES Secretariat in Copenhagen this week. The main objective of this year’s meeting was the development of the new ICES Science Plan.
New ID Leaflet
The latest ICES publication is now available. Check out an updated ID Leaflet.
Nordic Council of Ministers meet about multispecies management
The challenges facing both science and management in making the transition from single species to multispecies fisheries management was the subject of a recent ICES and Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) workshop held in Copenhagen.
Poul Degnbol on future fish stocks at the University of Washington
At the University of Washington in Seattle in late February, ICES Head of Advisory Programme Poul Degnbol gives a talk on how good governance rather than goodwill should equate to taking responsibility for future fisheries.
The European Commission and ICES to work more closely on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
At a working group meeting on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in Brussels this week, the European Commission announced that it will involve ICES more closely into the technical/scientific support to the MSFD implementation.
Welcome to our new website!
Welcome to the new-look ICES website! After months of hard work, we are proud to share our new and improved website with you.
WKNAMMM Mackerel Monitoring and Methodologies Workshop Meet at ICES
ICES Workshop on Northeast Atlantic Mackerel Monitoring and Methodologies including Science and Industry Involvement (WKNAMMM) convened for a two-part workshop this week.
Working towards a new ICES Strategic Plan 2014–2018 - Outlining Future Work and Identifying Priorities
ICES Bureau, the executive committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, met 26–27 February in Copenhagen. It was the first meeting as Chair for the newly elected ICES President, Paul Connolly (Ireland).
Publication of ICES CRR317 on Marine and coastal ecosystem-based risk management
With the issue of ICES Cooperative Research Report (CRR) 317 this week, document co-editor Roland Cormier provides an overview of the ISO 31010 standard for risk management and assessment techniques and its basis for an ecosystem approach to management.
Official catch data for 2011 now in house
ICES Catch Statistics on the website have been updated with a new dataset with 1992-2011 catch statistics.
Hotel room booking for ICES Annual Science Conference now open!
Book your stay in Reykjavik early and choose from a range of comfortable and convenient accommodation options.
Annual Science Conference abstract deadline approaching
Abstracts for paper (oral) and poster presentations for this year's event in Reykjavik must be delivered by 19 April.
Myfish and Euro-Basin workshop on Good Environmental Status (GES) for the pelagic ecosystem
In conjunction with ICES, representatives from several large EU projects came together this week to address the subject of Good Environmental Status for pelagic systems.
ICES Spatial Facility extends use to new MESH webGIS update
A newly-updated version of the Mapping European Seabed Habitats' (MESH) interactive geographic information system, webGIS, for which ICES Spatial Facility is used as the metadata catalogue, has now been released.
ICES-supported fisheries observation and monitoring conference takes place in Chile
A conference taking place in South America this week looks at aspects of fisheries observation programmes, data collection, and the technology involved.
Working towards Integrated Ecosystem Assessments
A WGIAB group meeting taking place this week has conducted valuable work in line with one of ICES key strategic areas - Integrated Ecosystem Assessments.
Advice released on the bycatch of cetaceans and other protected species
Following a specific request from the European Union, ICES has now released its advice on the bycatch of cetaceans - whales, dolphins, and porpoises - and other protected species.
Annual Science Conference Theme Session Spotlight. Session A - Marine Litter
Kicking off our series of ICES Annual Science Conference Theme Session previews, Session A conveners Thomas Maes, Dick Vethaak, Francois Galgani, and Thomas Therriault take a look at one of the most significant environmental problems facing mankind.
Cooperating across regions to achieve Good Environmental Status
With Good Environmental Status the eventual target, ICES Council Steering Group on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (CSG MSFD) met with partners in Copenhagen to discuss enhanced cooperation on the MSFD.
The changing Arctic region broadens the field for ICES and the AFWG
Not only is the Arctic region one of Earth’s most important, it is also a sphere of research and science in which ICES is making big strides, and in the organization’s oldest expert group AFWG it has experts on the frontline of regional stock assessments.
Managing fisheries in Baltic Marine Protected Areas (BALTFIMPA)
ICES role in the Helsinki Commission's (HELCOM) BALTFIMPA project, coupled with a recent Stakeholder Conference at its Secretariat, is the latest installment in ICES lineage of lending advice as a basis for the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPA).
ICES releases advice on North Atlantic salmon
ICES advice for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) on North Atlantic salmon for 2013 has been published.
ICES-sponsored symposium Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO)
Flagship sponsorship of event by ICES sees assembly of hundreds of representatives and scientists to discuss various issues related to the responses of marine organisms to pollution.
WGECO Chair Dave Reid on foodwebs and their indicators
With foodwebs and their dynamics constituting one of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive’s 11 Good Environmental Status descriptors, the work carried out by ICES working group WGECO has never been more important. Chair David Reid provides an insight.
ICES/PICES Workshop focusses on climate change effects on fish stocks
ICES and PICES experts gather this week in St. Petersburg, Russia, to study the spatial distribution of fish stocks and fisheries and projected responses to climate changes.
Newly-released ICES advice on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) includes information on hydrothermal vents
ICES has now released advice on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) for North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) and the European Union (EU), taking in new details on hydrothermal vents in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Happy World Oceans Day from ICES
With World Oceans Day 2013 around the corner, ICES would like to take the opportunity to deliver a timely message.
ASC 2013 programme announced!
ICES Annual Science Conference 2013 programme has now been issued.
ICES Marine Science Symposia series becomes the latest addition to ICES digital library
The series of ICES Marine Science Symposia (MSS) publications has now been digitized, meaning readers have full online access to reports dating back to the year in which the first volume was published – 1903.
Submit theme session proposals for ASC 2014!
The wheels have been set in motion for ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) 2014, which will take place in A Coruña, Spain from 15 to 19 September, with the ICES Science Committee (SCICOM) now calling for theme session proposals.
IJMS Editor’s Choice: assessing fishing effect on seabed
A selected Editor’s Choice article from the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now freely available. This month, read more about a methodology for assessing the impacts of fishing and natural disturbances on the seabed.
Advice released on ecologically and biologically significant Atlantic areas
The redefinition of ecologically or biologically significant areas – EBSAs – is the focus of new ICES advice for OSPAR and NEAFC released today.
ICES Strategic Plan continues to gather momentum
A Galway meeting between a Bureau sub-group and ICES Secretariat staff recently saw the advancement of ICES Strategic Plan for 2014-2018
New data tools unveiled at Data and Information Group meeting
A range of exciting new stock assessment output and database tools designed by the ICES Data Centre were presented to members of the Data and Information Group (DIG) at a recent meeting.
ICES new aquaculture scientist cultured in all things aquatic
We sat down with our new visiting scientist Ole Torrissen to hear about his history in the field of aquaculture, environmental trade-offs, and his rowing boat.
New working group to concentrate on key ICES area of aquaculture
Despite ICES distinguished history in aquaculture, the domain has only lately emerged as a main strategic one. Consequently, the work of a new group is being brought into focus. Introducing the ICES Working Group on Aquaculture, WGAQUA.
ICES releases advice on several fish stocks
ICES has today published its advice to the European Commission (EC) on several fish stocks.
IJMS Editor’s Choice: Does functional redundancy stabilize fish communities
ICES Journal of Marine Science Editor's Choice article is now freely available. This month, read more about a time-series study that examines whether functional redundancy accounts for all stabilization of species’ groups.
Nordic Council of Ministers multispecies management report now published
A proposed framework for multispecies assessment and management is the subject of a report that has now been released by the Nordic Council of Ministers and ICES.
New ICES Strategic Plan in the making
New Strategic Plan for ICES was the focus of discussions at the recent meeting of the ICES Bureau.
Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment visits ICES headquarters
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, Mr. Richard Lochhead MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) paid a visit to ICES Secretariat on 22 August.
ASC Theme Session B preview: Vincent Saba on climate change and how life in the ocean responds
Theme Session B co-convener Vincent Saba discusses the challenges involved with the prediction of climate change and how marine organisms react to it.
Sustainability, stakeholders, and solutions - Dorothy Dankel on Theme Session H
ICES hears from Theme Session H presenter Dorothy Dankel about resolutions to stakeholder conflicts over the best ways to sustainably harvest fish stocks.
The critical carbon cycle - Jón Ólafsson on ocean acidification
Oceans play a vital role in supporting diverse natural life and ecosystems and also in the carbon cycle. Ocean acidification, a hot topic in marine science, forms the basis for Theme Session D. Session co-convener Jón Ólafsson offers us an insight.
ICES ASC in the palm of your hand with official smartphone app!
Download a comprehensive digital guide to this year’s five-day marine science conference for your mobile gadget.
SCICOM open sessions to take place before official start of Annual Science Conference
SCICOM open sessions following the SCICOM Plenary in the morning before ASC’s official opening.
Stock assessment ‘Fight Night’ to take place under Harpa’s lights at the ASC
Freshly-developed Assessment for All (a4a) evaluation method for fish stocks will take central stage on Tuesday night at ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC).
IJMS Editor's Choice - Irruptive prey dynamics following the groundfish collapse in the Northwest Atlantic
A selected Editor’s Choice article from the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now freely available. This month, read more about whether the prey dynamics that occurred after the 1990s groundfish collapse may have been an illusion.
New ICES Disease Leaflet: Piscine myocarditis (cardiomyopathy syndrome)
A new ICES Disease Leaflet has been published. Leaflet no. 59 is titled Piscine myocarditis (cardiomyopathy syndrome).
Hot off the press: ICES Insight No 50
The latest issue of ICES Insight magazine features in-depth looks at some exciting and interesting areas of ICES science and advice.
ICES Data Centre team to present IROC data work at IMDIS conference
ICES data team will highlight recent work relating to two ICES data ventures at the International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems (IMDIS 2013).
Lecture on fisheries management sets scene for ASC 2013
The Annual Science Conference 2013, ICES flagship event, clicks into gear with opening lecture entitled ‘Global fisheries and fisheries management: accomplishments and challenges’.
ASC Plenary Lecture 2 - Ocean acidification: significant predictions for marine life
The chemical and carbonate imbalance in the world’s oceans occurring as part of ocean acidification is affecting marine life, foodwebs, and ecosystems and will continue to do so, said Dr. Richard Feely at his Tuesday ASC Plenary lecture.
Prof Doug Butterworth challenges scientists to find common ground in fish stock assessments
The third and final plenary lecture at ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) centred around the need to find common ground in fish stock assessments.
In memoriam - Heye Rumohr
It was early this week that we received the sad news that Heye Rumohr passed away on Monday 23 September.
Hashtagging the ASC
More and more participants communicate about their conference experience in real time via social media.
Riding the Roaring Forties – the story behind ICES Southern Ocean banner photo
Science writer Rebecca Fowler, whose photo of researchers deploying devices to collect water samples at latitude of 40-50 degrees in the Southern Ocean is currently on display as part of ICES banner at the ASC, shares the image’s backstory.
Annual Science Conference plenary lecture videos now on YouTube
Talks by Professor Ragnar Arnason, Doctor Richard Feely, and Professor Doug Butterworth now available to watch in full on ICES YouTube channel.
New ICES Identification Leaflet: Amoebic Gill Disease of farmed Atlantic salmon
Leaflet No. 60 by Neil Ruane and Simon Jones in the series of ICES Identification Leaflet for Diseases and Parasites of Fish and Shellfish has just been published.
IJMS Editor’s Choice - Pseudocollapse and rebuilding of North Sea mackerel
A selected Editor’s Choice article from the latest issue of the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now freely available. This month, read more about a new understanding of the dramatic history of North Sea mackerel.
Metadata for acoustic data – new publication now online
A new publication in the Series of ICES Survey Protocols (SISP) on metadata convention for processed acoustic data has just been published.
First ASC theme session reports now published
The majority of reports from the ASC 2013 at the Harpa Conference Centre in Reykjavík have now been made available on the ICES website.
New ICES publications now available in library
CRR 318 Zooplankton Status Report and Times 54 & 55 have been issued.
Monitoring ocean acidification
The release of a new Cooperative Research Report (CRR) takes an in-depth look at the chemical aspects of ocean acidification.
In memoriam - Alberto Murta
ICES is deeply saddened to inform that our colleague and good friend Alberto Murta passed away in his sleep on Sunday, 27 October.
Notes from Reykjavík - reflections on the ASC
2013’s ASC might have sailed over the horizon, but its scientific legacy will last well into the future. Here, ICES Icelandic delegate and Director General of the Marine Research Institute Jóhann Sigurjónsson takes a moment to look back.
Seabird groups flock together
An ICES working group specializing in the ecology of seabirds is set to team up with a group of marine bird experts from OSPAR contracting parties.
Understanding the oceanic environment as a sum of its parts
Following the endorsement of the new ICES Strategic Plan by the Council in Copenhagen, the organization is set to take a lead role in advancing the integrated scientific understanding of marine ecosystems.
A fully natural selection - picking EU directive knowledge needs in emerging society-shaped area of science
STAGES project brings together experts to prioritize required research in field of socio-economic analysis.
In memoriam - John H. Steele
ICES is saddened to inform about the passing of John H. Steele.
In memoriam - John Molloy, fisheries scientist who pioneered engagement with the fishing industry
ICES is saddened to inform about the passing of fisheries scientist John Molloy.
Mapping the foodweb of ICES science
Working group WGMARS convenes in Sweden to work on, amongst other things, analyses of ICES social network.
Mastering the art of dealing with VMS data
VMS – Vessel Monitoring by Satellite – data and EU logbook data from fishing vessels is the subject of a training course taking place this week at the ICES Secretariat.
Latest ICES advice on European Eel - stocks remain critical
Release of official advice by ICES to the EU today shows that whilst there has been a slight increase in glass eel recruitment, the status of stocks remains critical.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Satellites assessing catches
A selected Editor’s Choice article from the latest issue of the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now freely available. This month, read more about using Google Earth imagery to assess tidal weir fisheries in the Persian Gulf.
Marine contaminants specialist group meet at ICES Secretariat
Crucial work at this year’s meeting centres on developing indicators for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
Tis’ the season to compile data
Several ICES data compilation groups are getting together towards the end of the year in order to prepare the data for benchmark meetings in early 2014.
ICES advice on monitoring of bycatch of seabirds
ICES has today released advice on monitoring of bycatch of searbirds.
Sea trout - Swimming out of the shadows
As reflected in the work of a recent WKTRUTTA workshop, the story of the unsung sea trout is both interesting and one that has been attracting more scientific study to meet a practical need.
Climate report enters the digital age
A brand new interactive webpage enables users to browse the data that underpin the annual ICES Report on Ocean Climate (IROC).
Staff sea changes at ICES Secretariat
ICES will welcome fresh faces whilst waving goodbye to old ones who set sail for pastures new. As 2013 rolls into 2014, ICES will see changes in Secretariat, Science, and Advisory personnel.
ICES work highlighted at the CIESM Congress
ICES General Secretary Anne-Christine Brusendorff gave a presentation on ICES work at the 40th CIESM Congress in Marseille, France.
Call for ideas for DATRAS renovation
ICES Data Centre is renewing the DATRAS web application and web page and is asking for users for ideas on how to make things better.
In memoriam - Doug Wilson
ICES is saddened to inform that professor Douglas Clyde Kongshøj Wilson at Aalborg University, Denmark, has passed away on 18 December.
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