WGSPEC studies mechanisms that link the variability of small pelagic fish (i.e. anchovy, sardine, sardinella, sprat and herring) populations, in different ocean basins under large-scale climatic forcing. Considering its ecosystem context, WGSPEC gathers together scientists representing relevant disciplines such as physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, fisheries, plankton. WGSPEC members represent different northern and southern European countries and are actively involved either in the ICES or in the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM).
WGSPEC members are devoted to ensure that the knowledge gathered and the new achievements of the group are effectively communicated within and beyond the ICES. For this, the activities undertaken by WGSPEC have generated several papers published or in press, in peer-reviewed journals.
Over the years WGSPEC has also contributed to organize a number of meeting sessions and workshops, such as: the workshops “Anchovy, Sardine and Climate variability in the North Sea and Adjacent Areas” in 2010; the workshops “Reaction of Northern Hemisphere Ecosystems: A comparison” and “ Basin-wide Impact of Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, AMO” in 2011; a session at the PICES/ ICES Symposium “Drivers of Dynamics of Pelagic Fish Resources” and a gathering event “Introducing ICES to a new generations of scientists” in 2017.
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