ICES ecoregions and advisory areas

ICES ecoregions and advisory areas

ICES provides advice by ecoregion, allowing for further development of an ecosystem approach in European waters.

​​​​​​​​​​The ecore​g​ions​ set the boundaries for monitoring of the ecosystem and the context for providing the evidence for regional managers engaged in decision-making. They are based on biogeographic and oceanographic features and existing political, social, economic, and management divisions. They are developed through an iterative process of consultations between scientists and stakeholders led by our Advisory Committee (ACOM)​. 

​ICES ecoregions:

  • Adriatic Sea
  • Aegean-Levantine Sea
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Azores
  • Baltic Sea
  • Barents Sea
  • Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast
  • Black Sea
  • Celtic Seas
  • Faroes
  • Greater North Sea
  • Greenland Sea
  • Icelandic Waters
  • Ionian Sea and the Central Mediterranean Sea
  • Norwegian Sea
  • Oceanic Northeast Atlantic
  • Western Mediterranean Sea​

​Read the definition and rationale for ICES ecoregions.​

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ICES ecoregions and advisory areas

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