ICES Working Group of International Pelagic Surveys (WGIPS) have expertise in design and implementation of larval surveys and acoustic-trawl surveys, including sampling of additional ecosystem parameters.
The present group was established in 2011 by merging WGIPS (the former PGHERS), covering larval and acoustic surveys in the North Sea, West of Scotland, Malin Shelf, and Western Baltic, with WGNAPES, covering acoustic surveys in Northeastern Atlantic, Nordic Seas and Barents Sea. WGIPS comprises regular participants from Denmark, Norway, Russia, Island, the Faroes, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany.
WGIPS covers three larval surveys covering North Sea, Irish Sea, and Western Baltic for herring. For acoustic surveys, the group covers four international coordinated surveys, as well as five individual national surveys covering the North Sea, West of Scotland, Malin Shelf, Western Baltic, Northeastern Atlantic, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.
The working group works on development and standardization of both larval and acoustic surveys. Manuals for both types of surveys have been published.
WGIPS supports HAWG and WGWIDE with fishery-independent abundance results for assessment.
Herring echogram, Malin Shelf survey 2013 © Marine Ireland