Advisory Committee

ACOM Chair: Eskild Kirkegaard - e-mail

ACOM Vice-Chair: Ghislain Chouinarde-m​ail​

ACOM Vice-Chair: Carmen Fernandez - e-mail

ACOM Vice-Chair: Mark Tasker - e-mail

Evaluating the best available science to provide advice on the most sustainable use and protection of marine ecosystems.

​​​​Within ICES, the Advisory Committee (ACOM) is responsible for the provision of scientific advice to competenet authorities in support of the sustainable management of coastal and ocean resources and marine ecosystems throughout the North Atlantic Ocean.

ACOM evaluates the best available science to provide the advice and information that decision-makers need to make informed choices on the sustainable use and protection of marine ecosystems.

ICES expert groups prepare a basis of scientific analyses from which ACOM works.The committee, composed of one representative from each of our member countries under the direction of an independent chair appointed by ICES Council, then establishes and manages the necessary advisory procedures and processes, and designs the strategies needed to prepare, deliver, and disseminate advice which satisfies a number of criteria:

  • Objectivity and integrity
  • Openness and transparency
  • Quality assurance and peer review
  • Integrated advice – based on an ecosystem approach
  • Efficiency and flexibility
  • National consensus

Annual meetings take place with the recipients of advice (MIRIA) and stakeholders to discuss issues of common interest between the different users of ICES advice.

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