The activities of WGALES are vital for the delivery of state-of-the-art
ichthyoplankton surveys, ensuring high standards, and incorporating new
techniques and developments for the future.
Several ichthyoplankton surveys are carried out within the
ICES areas; these are all coordinated by their own expert group. In the past
these groups worked on their own and there was little exchange of ideas,
techniques, and developments between them. WGALES now provides a forum for
discussion and dissemination on matters pertaining to spawning dynamics,
ichthyoplankton biology, ecology, surveys, and egg and larval production
methods. Each of the ichthyoplankton survey specific working groups continues
with their survey planning and reporting. WGALES also provides an interface for
SCICOM and ACOM for matters concerning ichthyoplankton surveys.
WGALES was established in 2013. The group meets generally
once every two years. WGALES meetings are in the form of workshops to exchange
developments of methods and discuss quality assurance issues. Through review
and standardization, the high quality of the ichthyoplankton surveys can be
assured and maintained.