Working Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries



WGHISTWGHISTTrueRuth Thurstan, Emily KleinHAPISG7/10/2012 1:10:00 PMr.thurstan@exeter.ac.uk, emily.klein04@gmail.com629Working Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries

The Working Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries (WGHIST) brings together fisheries scientists, historians, and marine biologists working on multidecadal to centennial changes in the marine environment.

​​​WGHIST offers a unique forum for common work on social-ecological change through time from different geographic regions as well as thematic areas and across disciplines. Case studies drawing from this diverse group clarify the value and use of historical understanding of linked human and ecological systems through time, and the application of that understanding to contemporary management. 

By presenting case studies, their context, methodological approach, analysis, use of results and strategies for dissemination and outreach, working group participants have the opportunity to collaborate and exchange research approaches, thus learning best practices for continued work and its application from one another. 

WGHIST currently focuses on:

  • Improving our knowledge base on long-term changes in marine ecosystems and the communities dependent upon these
  • Using case studies to demonstrate the tangible benefit of marine historical ecology to current marine policy and management
  • Ensuring that quality-assured historical metadata are accessible to the ICES and wider science community
  • Addressing social, cultural and economic dimensions of marine ecosystem products and services through time, with the aim to contribute to Integrated Ecosystem​ Assessments

WGHIST is a continuation of the Study Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries (SGHIST, 2009-2011) and the 2008 Workshop on Historical Data on Fisheries and Fish (WKHIST).


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