WGCEPH operates in disciplines such as cephalopod biology, ecology, fisheries, and assessment. This includes work on data compilation, monitoring of fishery trends, production of CPUE data series, understanding of fleet dynamics targeting cephalopods, and evaluation of Data Collection Framework (DCF) effectiveness in cephalopod sampling.
Cephalopods are important components of marine ecosystems as well as significant resources, especially for small-scale fisheries in Europe. Under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the marine environment is defined as a precious heritage that must be protected, preserved and restored - with the ultimate aim being to maintain biodiversity and clean, healthy, and productive oceans. In this way, cephalopod biology, life history, and assessment have to be taken into account.
Photo: Manuel E. Garci