ICES is a network of more than 5,000 scientists from over 690 marine institutes in 20 member countries and beyond. 1,500 scientists participate in our activities annually.
Through strategic partnerships our work also extends into the Arctic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.
ICES is committed to building a foundation of science around one key challenge: integrated ecosystem understanding of marine ecosystems.
ICES advances this through the coordination of oceanic and coastal monitoring and research, and advises international commissions and governments on marine policy and management issues.
Our goal is to provide the best available science for decision-makers to make informed choices on the sustainable use of the marine environment and ecosystems.