Working Group on Maritime Systems



WGMARSWGMARSTruePatricia M. Clay, Christine RöckmannIEASG6/22/2011 8:27:00 AMPatricia.M.Clay@noaa.gov, Christine.Rockmann@wur.nl556Working Group on Maritime Systems

ICES Working Group on Marine Systems (WGMARS) is an expert group based on interdisciplinary collaborations and understandings of the coupled human/ocean system.
WGMARS is a forum to articulate interdisciplinary perspectives regarding sustainable ecosystem science, advice, and governance.
In line with international developments to produce more holistic management advice that addresses not only ecological, but also economic, and social needs, WGMARS focuses on understanding the implementation of Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEA) in ICES during its current term. The five Terms of Reference (ToRs) for 2017-2019 are as follows: 

ToR a    Understanding of IEA, definitions, framing
ToR b    Identifying IEA end-users and the required extended peer community
ToR c     How have IEAs evolved and how should they be integrated in management advice.  
ToR d    Analyze interactions between resource users, the governance system and the complex social-ecological marine system with Behavioural Economics  
ToR e    Stimulate transdisciplinary research by organizing workshops involving scientist from different fields and stakeholders

WGMARS started out as the Working Group Fishery Systems (WGFS) in 1999. To account for the broader marine and maritime perspective WGFS was renamed WGMARS (Working Group on Maritime Systems) in 2010. In previous terms, WGMARS focused on uncertainties in science for management advice, how to assess and communicate around uncertainties, and in general, how the spirit/ philosophy of “post-normal science” can benefit ICES work. The WGMARS activities in the period 2013-2015 concentrated on the following issues: 
social network analysis of ICES, critiquing Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs) & Management Procedures (MPs) in the EU, and interdisciplinary consultation on how to best integrate stakeholder knowledge into ICES science. 

Contact the WGMARS Chair Christine Röckmann or the ICES assisiting secretary Lise Cronne​.  ​
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