Workshop on Fish of Conservation and Bycatch Relevance



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The ICES Workshop on Fish of Conservation and Bycatch Relevance (WKCOFIBYC) was held online 16–20 November 2020.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Did ICES really need another workshop focusing on fish? The answer it seems was yes—​at least when it pertains to fish that are rare, of conservation concern, or at risk of incidental bycatch. 

In recent years, the ICES Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (WGBYC) ​has helped us better understand the extent of bycatch in terms of rare and endangered fish.  However, there is still much that is not understood: for instance, many of these species are so rare or infrequently encountered in sampling schemes that it is difficult to estimate the true outtake in various fisheries—much less 'raise' these estimates to the population scale in the way that ICES does for commercial fish.

Many ICES Member States now also have obligations under the EU's ​Marine Strategy Framework Directive​ (MSFD) in relation to incidental bycatch of fish. In order to find a unified solution to this complicated set of issues, last autumn ICES convened this one-off Workshop on Fish of Conservation and Bycatch Relevance​ (WKCOFIBYC)​. The workshop took place from 16–​20 November and was attended by specialists in conservation and biodiversity assessment of fish species, bycatch estimation, and sampling schemes for species of relevance.
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