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Beyond ocean connectivity

Connecting the dots: In the lead-up to the Annual Science Conference, discover the theme sessions and how they relate to ICES ongoing work. Here, theme session E on integrating early life and adult stage connectivity with applied fisheries science.
Published: 21 August 2015

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Theme session E ​​​

Beyond ocean connectivity: embracing advances on early life stages and adult connectivity to assessment and management challenges​​

22 September ​​​12:00 - 18:30; 23 September ​​​​​​08:30 - 13:00​​​​

Theme session E is intended to be a cross-disciplinary platform of scientists, assessment modelers and managers with the objective to integrate current advances in the study of connectivity of early life and adult stages of marine species with applied fisheries science​.​

In recent years, the study of marine connectivity has undergone rapid advancements owing to progress in biophysical modeling of early life stages (ELS) and technical developments in our ability to track the movement of juvenile and adult fish (through such things as satellite tags, otolith chemistry, and genetic markers). However, the knowledge gained from these efforts has only infrequently been applied to the improvement of fish population assessment and management.

​Presentations taking place as part of the theme session include those on topics such as new advances in early life stage technology or adult movements, population dynamics implications of connectivity, and management strategies accounting for connectivity.

Links to strategic initiatives

Strategic Initiative on Stock Assessment Methods ​(SISAM)​

Links to expert groups

The session has also implications for stock assessment and expert groups involved in marine ecosystem processes, such as those of the SSGIEA. Whilst there is an extensive list of such groups, some of the more relevant ones include:

Working Group on the Northwest Atlantic Regional Sea (WGNARS)​

Stock Identification Methods Working Group  (SIMWG)

Working Group on Recruitment Forecasting in a Variable Environment ​(WGRFE)​

Working Group on Integrative Physical-biological and Ecosystem Modelling ​(​​WGIPEM)

Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture ​(WGAGFM)​

Links to other theme sessions​

Theme session A – Advancement of stock assessment methods for sustainable fisheries

Theme session B – Operationalizing ecosystem-based fisheries management

Theme session F – Small-scale fisheries under data-limited scenarios

Theme session G – Managing marine ecosystem services in a changing climate (Co-sponsored by PICES)

Theme session I – A holistic ecosystem approach for marine management and conservation: Opportunities through the application of genetic and genomic approaches

Theme session O – Marine spatial planning and fisheries: A stock-take on approaches, examples and future needs

 Theme session Q –  From genes to ecosystems: spatial heterogeneity and temporal dynamics of the Baltic Sea (Co-sponsored by BONUS).

Theme session T – Practical application of Genetic Stock Identification for the conservation, management, and restoration of diadromous fish species 

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