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Inside the ASC

September 24
The strategy of science and the science of strategy
​Communication, communication, communication. One of the great things about the ICES fold - and particularly the ASC - is that is draws in those who ply their trade in countless areas, disciplines and niches of both marine biology and science as well as policy, management, conservation and industry. Whilst there is plenty of raw science presented, some of the theme sessions and particularly the ensuing (and sometimes heated) discussions afterwards yesterday centred around social and natural scientists, the challenges of working together, the mutual and natural benefits, and the sticking points.

Here are a few Tweets tellind their own story from Wednesday's undertaking.  

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​Baselines, as per one of ICES strategic initiatives, are historical data representing ecosystem conditions before a certain point of human disturbance. 

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​Another key point on the historical baselines issue. Science talks about a desired ecosystem state, but definitions have to be come up with first. How pristine is pristine? And where's the historical cut off point; what point in history is the best?

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Communication and cooperartion between social and natural scientists as well as between science and industry - in fact cooperation in general - was one of the hot topics of the day.

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​​This funny example had a serious undertone. If there are two correlated effects - as per Nick Cage films and number of people drowning in pools - then disentangling them when they both impact upon a certain thing is tough. So if warming temperatures and fishing pressure, for example, run side-by-side in their impacts on the ecosystem, then accurately distinguishing them is a real challenge. 

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