ICES advises on the environmental impacts of fishing and the use of space in the North Sea Atlantic and Baltic Sea. VMS data from vessels, coupled with log book data, is currently the most practical and cost-effective way to describe the spatial dynamics of fishing activities.
VMS/Log book data from all EU member countries will be used to address a special request from the European Commission to evaluate the spatial and temporal effects of fishing and to describe fisheries activities in and in the vicinity of sensitive habitats (i.e Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems, VMEs).
ICES will host for the first time a workshop on VMS data compilation (WKDCVMS) to assist countries who experience substantial difficulties submitting VMS data. The workshop will provide guidelines for VMS+ logbook data submission, guide users to extract VMS+ logbook data in accordance with requirements of the ICES VMS+ logbook data call and provide quality control guidelines.
Participants who are responsible for the data collection and submission of VMS and logbook data are encouraged to attend. Priority will be given to participants from countries who submit for the first time.
If you would like to participate or find out more about the Workshop, contact the chair Colin Millar (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the professional officer Lara Salvany (email@example.com).