assesses the stocks of Northeast Arctic cod, haddock, saithe, and Greenland
halibut as well as Barents Sea capelin, Norwegian coastal cod, and Sebastes
marinus and Sebastes mentella in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea
(ICES Sub-Areas I and II). Most of the assessments are analytical, but
survey-based and trends-based assessments are also used. The survey-based
capelin assessment is carried out by a subgroup which meets at the beginning of
October immediately after the survey is completed.
met in 1959 and is the longest running ICES group still in existence. The group
meets in April each year to assess the stocks and provide advice. About 20-25
scientists attend each meeting, mainly from Norway and Russia but also from EU
countries and Canada.
report includes a comprehensive chapter on ecosystem considerations. Interactions
between species are also taken into account, and predation by cod on capelin,
haddock and cod (i.e. cannibalism) is included in the assessments of these
advice provided on Northeast Arctic cod, haddock, Greenland halibut, and
Barents Sea capelin is used by the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission
(JNRFC) (more information on www.jointfish.com). The
advice for Norwegian Coastal cod, Northeast Arctic saithe and Sebastes
marinus is used by Norway, while the advice for Sebastes mentella is
currently used by both JNRFC and NEAFC.
stocks assessed by AFWG are at present in good shape, and the Northeast Arctic
cod in particular is currently at a level not seen since the 1950s. The two
exceptions are Sebastes marinus and Norwegian coastal cod, with the Sebastes
marinus stock doing very poorly at the moment.