WGBEC has identified nine core areas of business.While some of these activities are considered as core activities, others clearly attend to broaden the scope of WGBEC, towards more ecology and wider ecosystem effects and to be in line with the ICES Science Plan.
WGBEC core business
WGBEC has been in existence for over twenty years. It has 64 listed members within ICES. Over the past five years, there have been between 18 and 29 attendees at the annual meeting – with between 12 and 16 countries represented, including attendees from North America.
WGBEC includes scientists from national government institutes, academia, industry and management in its membership. The group also has a diverse membership of expertise, ranging from chemists, biologists, biochemists and environmental scientists. This is beneficial as requests in the past, particularly from OSPAR have been wide-ranging. The meetings take place over 5 days, usually in March of each year.
WGBEC has strong links with WGPDMO, MCWG, WGMS and WGAGFM and in the future will aim to forge links with other Expert Groups.