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Sharing source code
ICES has joined GitHub to share and develop source code on scientific methods. We have three GitHub sites for different purposes: products, tools in development, and expert groups.
IJMS Editor's Choice – learning from porbeagle migration
The latest Editor’s Choice article from the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, read about how tagging technology helped give further insight into the migratory behaviour of the porbeagle shark and what this could mean for assessments.
Share your science in the sunshine state
Calling for abstracts for the Annual Science Conference 2017, taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in September. Submit your work for presentation at the marine science event of the year.
Sharing advice with recipients and observers
Ecosystem overviews and development of the MSY approach for knowledge-limited stocks presented at meetings with recipients of ICES advice (MIRIA) and advisory councils and other observers (MIACO).
High level visit at the ICES Secretariat
President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, along with HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, visited the ICES Secretariat today as part of the official state visit to Denmark.
Workshop on climate change impacts on salmon scheduled for March
Experts will review predicted climate changes over the range of wild Atlantic salmon.
Explaining ICES approach to ecosystem based management
New flyer published on how ICES provides the knowledge for ecosystem based management.
Non-indigenous species report published
Cooperative Research Report (CRR) details introductions of non-native species in the North Atlantic and adjacent waters over five-year period.
Nominations open for 2017 Awards
The time has come to nominate your fellow scientists whose contribution to marine science deserves to be formally recognized.
FEATURE ARTICLE - Predicting ecosystems for managing a dynamic ocean
With a new ICES working group on the subject around the corner, the first feature article of 2017 describes the emerging area of forecasting for marine ecosystems and what these projections can mean for management.
The fresh faces of science and advice
Lotte Worsøe Clausen and Simon Jennings arrive at ICES headquarters after their journeys through study and research and onto the paths of advice and science.
Realigning the aquaculture approach
A recent meeting saw ICES pledge to reinvigorate its work with aquaculture. We look at some of the key challenges in this field and various research priorities across the ICES area.
ICES/PICES International Symposium Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources: Shoshiro Minobe
Taking place this week, 6–11 March in Victoria Canada, its general plenary saw Minobe discussing strategies of marine ecosystem forecasting associated with physical climate variability.
Alien species alert
New Cooperative Research Report (CRR) focusses on Didemnum vexillum Kott (2002), a high-impact, invasive sea squirt species native to Japan.
Climate impacts on upwelling and the planktonic prey of anchovy and sardine in eastern boundary currents
Yesterday's general plenary at the International Symposium on Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources included Ryan Rykaczewski's talk about climate impacts on upwelling systems.
Substantial changes in fish distribution identified by ICES
Advice, published today, describes shifts in distribution of 16 species of fish, with half of these occurring in relation to management areas.
Wideband echosounder evaluated in new report
Results and recommendations on use of updated echosounder model feature in new Cooperative Research Report (CRR).
New Icelandic and Norwegian ecosystem overviews published
Two new ecosystem overviews for the Norwegian Sea and Icelandic Waters ecoregions released today.
ICES Secretariat closed for holidays
Our Secretariat will be closed between 13–17 April for holidays.
Tackling consent and impacts of offshore energy
Marine renewable energy group members involved in RiCORE project, looking at risk-based approaches to assessing the environmental impact of renewable energy installations.
Convene a theme session at the 2018 Annual Science Conference
Submit a theme session proposal for next year’s Annual Science Conference (ASC), taking place in the German city of Hamburg.
Introducing ICES to a new generation of scientists
Recent working group meeting reaches out to younger experts, introducing them to the opportunities available with ICES.
FEATURE ARTICLE – Indicating sustainability
Scientists from the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), share their experiences from a project developing an indicator-based assessment tool for measuring, monitoring, and visualizing the sustainability of the Belgian fishing fleet.
Broaden your horizons with ICES training
From the R environment to Bayesian analysis, the training courses line-up at ICES Secretariat over the next few months presents many chances to expand your scientific portfolio and network.
Advice describes potential climate change impacts on Atlantic salmon
Climate change is expected to impact biotic and abiotic factors that affect salmon survival at both a regional and oceanic scale, but the relative impact of and the interaction between these factors remain poorly understood.
ICES becomes Arctic Council observer
Observer status to the Arctic Council granted at the Council's 10th Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska last week.
Early Career Scientists soon on their way to quinquennial conference
In less than two weeks the 3rd ICES/PICES Early Career Scientist Conference will kick off in Busan, Korea, to embrace and promote the contribution of the young generation of scientists to the management and stewardship of the marine environment.
A gateway to standardized data
Acoustic trawl survey data portal developed as part of AtlantOS project goes live, creating standards across the whole data process.
What are the limits of salmon abundance?
Record number of salmon returning to spawn in the northern Baltic Sea rivers in 2016 raises question of the optimal number of salmon, as management moves from recovery to sustainable yield.
Committing to Sustainable Development Goals at UN conference
ICES contributes to the United Nations Ocean Conference in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14.
Leading aquaculture in ICES
Aquaculture science is a priority for ICES, and now the organization has formed a new Aquaculture Steering Group to guide and develop all activities in this field. We had a chat with the recently elected Chair of the group, Michael Rust.
Workshop participants wanted
Join short-lived species advisory framework meeting in Sicily in September
North Atlantic toothed whales populations under threat of contaminants
Effects of pollutants including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on killer whale and other marine mammal populations under microscope during special working group session
Icelandic Waters and Norwegian Sea added to ecosystem overview diagrams
What are the main human-induced pressures in the Norwegian Sea and Icelandic Waters? Browse our latest ecosystem overview diagrams to find out.
New fisheries overviews published
North and Baltic seas overviews summarize fishing activities across the pair of ecoregions, including which countries are catching what species, the various fishing methods being used, and how stocks are managed.
Indicating fisheries and seabed impact trade-offs
New advice presents measures of fishing pressure, its impact on the seabed, and the value of fish catches and landings, laying the groundwork for exploration of trade-offs.
Sailing towards a better understanding of ballast water management
Members of ICES collective involved in Atlantic research voyage, which assessed different sampling methods and tools for ballast water to see how well they could comply with management standards.
To Korea for the early careers
The third instalment of the quinquennial ICES and PICES conference for early career scientists was held in Korea at the end of May. Here, the members of the steering committee provide their experience of the event.
FEATURE ARTICLE - Trawl and temperature pressure on Barents benthos
The third feature article of the year heads north to the Barents Sea, looking at monitoring the effects of bottom trawling – and the influence of temperature – on the seabed and its inhabitants.
IJMS Editor's Choice – Conserving Arctic habitats at a time of melting ice
The latest Editor’s Choice article from the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, read about an approach for designing an Arctic marine protected area (MPA) network for better protecting habitats and ensuring sustainable use of resources.
Zoom in on zooplankton data
Time-series and spatial data on zooplankton can be viewed through a new online product.
IJMS Editor's Choice – Fisheries connectivity in large marine ecosystems
The latest Editor’s Choice paper from our Journal of Marine Science is available. Read how connectivity – how much different fisheries are linked by fisher participation – varies in a Large Marine Ecosystem and impacts coastal community vulnerability.
Broaden your abilities in Bayesian
Upcoming tutorial will guide students in flexible Bayesian modelling method to address a range of research questions.
Call for participants: workshop on finding methods to assess data-limited fish stocks
WKLIFE, a workshop on the development of quantitative assessment methodologies for stocks categorized as data-limited, takes place 2-6 October in Lisbon, Portugal.
Bringing data up to date
New zooplankton data and long-term fisheries metadata tools now available through ICES website
Teaming up for transboundary topics
Pair of theme sessions and one open session at upcoming ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) to see ICES and PICES collaboration on issues spanning different marine areas and ecosystems.
FEATURE ARTICLE – Marine litter and monitoring
Our latest feature explores the subject of marine litter, looking at current practices and new ideas for monitoring debris in the marine environment.
William Cheung and Christian Möllmann presented with prestigious awards at ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) in Fort Lauderdale.
The power of the personal in team science
Opening ICES conference plenary talk saw Kenneth Rose promote personal interaction in collaborative work and stakeholder engagement during a time of weakening belief in science.
Stimulating science supply and demand
In second ASC keynote, Tundi Agardy looked at the supply and demand sides of science and asked what can be done to refocus the former and increase the latter for use by decision-makers.
Highly prized scientists
Awards presented for best oral and poster presentations at the closing ceremony of the ICES 2017 Annual Science Conference (ASC) in Fort Lauderdale.
Connecting the planktonic dots
In the final ASC keynote Lionel Guidi introduced his social network of plankton, the community bonds and how they relate to the export of carbon to the oceanic environment.
Strengthening passive sampling of nonpolar chemicals
Guidelines for the determination of partition coefficients between passive samplers and water available in new ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences (TIMES) report.
Advice explainer: Cantabrian and Atlantic Iberian sardine
We take a look at some of the key points contained within the advice recently released for sardine in divisions 8.c and 9.a (Cantabrian Sea and Atlantic Iberian waters) in the Bay of Biscay and Iberian Coast ecoregion.
ICES Council convenes in Copenhagen
At its annual meeting, 18-19 October, strategic areas and the election of new Vice-Presidents were on the agenda.
IJMS Editor's Choice – Listening to fish to map dolphin feeding
The latest Editor’s Choice article from the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Read about how the noises made by fish can help identify the foraging habitat of the dolphins that prey on them in the Chinese Pearl River Estuary.
WISE-Marine portal launched
Knowledge-sharing platform WISE-Marine up and running after conference in Malta at start of October.
FEATURE ARTICLE – Effects of offshore renewables on the benthos
The latest in our series of expert features looks at the interrelationship between structures such as wind turbines and the seafloor and its organisms, as well as current scientific understanding on the subject.
Hot off the press
A guide to some of the new publications recently made available in ICES library.
Climate change symposium calling for abstracts
The call for abstracts is now open for the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans.
Stakeholder session brings to light maritime risk analysis
The ICES Working Group on Risks of Maritime Activities in the Baltic Sea (WGMABS) meeting in Helsinki next week includes a wide range of stakeholder presentations.
ICES invites observers to the advisory process
Annual meeting between ICES, Advisory Councils, and official observers (MIACO) will take place in Copenhagen 18–19 January 2018.
Identification of hazardous substances
As a response to a request from OSPAR, ICES have advised on current studies on pollutants and on information concerning five groups of substances of emerging concern that are potential threats to the marine environment.
Theme sessions and keynotes in place for 2018 ASC
Keynote speaker and theme session line-ups confirmed for the 2018 Annual Science Conference (ASC) in Hamburg ahead of January’s Call for Papers.
Climate change symposium extends abstract deadline
The call for abstracts for the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans has now been extended until January 12.
Sign up, hone in, and branch out
Four training courses have been confirmed so far for 2018, including some old favourites and new additions.
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