Cephalopods are important components of marine ecosystems as well as significant resources, especially for small-scale fisheries in Europe. Under the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the marine environment is defined as a precious heritage that must be protected, preserved and, where practicable, restored - with the ultimate aim being to maintain biodiversity and provide diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy, and productive. Thus, for promoting the sustainable use of the seas and conserving marine ecosystems, cephalopod biology, life history, and assessment has to be taken into account.
WGCEPH resumes specific cephalopod scientific efforts on disciplines such as cephalopod biology, ecology, fisheries, and assessment.
Over the last five years, the group's terms of reference have been focused around:
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