The 17 fish stocks presently covered by the working group are:
As with all assessment working groups, there is a set of 'Generic Terms of References' (ToRs) for the assessments', which form the basis of WGBFAS. Special science related ToRs are written for a more general scientific audience, including ICES colleagues that may be able to use the conclusions of special ToRs. Requested ToRs are analysed and written for the group that requested them. This type of communication with stakeholders is both efficient and constantly increasing.
The working group is open to observers from competent authorities, and details about how to join are described in the guidelines for observers.
WGBFAS is, despite being one of the oldest ICES expert groups with many traditions, an innovative and dynamic group with participants from all around the Baltic area.
WGBFAS during their meeting at ICES in April 2018