WGMARS is a forum to articulate interdisciplinary perspectives regarding sustainable ecosystem science, advice, and governance.
The group operates around two multi-annual Terms of Reference (ToRs) spanning 2012-2015. The first is to continue examining the detailed questionnaire and ICES expert group participation data collected in 2012. Using social network analysis, we describe how ICES conducts ecosystem science and delivers it to its clients in light of synergies, interdisciplinary ecosystem science, and governance. WGMARS communicates with ACOM, SCICOM and interested expert group chairs on this topic.
The second ToR reviews Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs) and Management Procedures (MPs) in the EU. We are preparing a perspective paper on how this differs from their original definitions originating from the IWC and practiced in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
WGMARS collaborated with the European Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) on how ICES-stakeholder relationships can best move forward (2013).
WGMARS is currently looking for new members to strengthen the interdisciplinary focus group, particularly those with experience in social network analysis as well as fisheries stakeholders and bio-economists. If you are interested, contact Chair David Goldsborough.
WGMARS at their 2015 meeting in Copenhagen.