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International Symposium on Small Pelagic Fish: New Frontiers in Science for Sustainable Management

December 2021
Barcelona, Spain

​​​​​​​​The symposium will highlight the state-of-the-art in the following and other ​topics surrounding the sustainable exploitation of SPF within an ecosystem context.​​​

Substantial scientific progress continues to be made on understanding the drivers and dynamics of SPF in several ecosystems: 

  • ​different hypotheses of mechanisms of population dynamics of SPF continue to be tested
  • data from long-term monitoring and stock-assessment efforts continue to accumulate
  • numerical modelling approaches continue to advance 
  • technologies, such as genome analysis, continue to rapidly develop
  • and experience continues to be gained from management decisions and stakeholder involvement ​​

The exchange of information and ideas drawn from comparable populations across the globe are, therefore, particularly insightful as we seek to improve management strategies.​

Background information

Small pelagic fish (SPF) account for more than 30% by weight of the total landings of marine capture fisheries around the world and play an important role in the transfer of energy through mid-trophic levels in marine ecosystems and in global protein security. Oscillations of SPF populations are dramatic and cyclical in response to climate variability on multi-decadal scales. Researchers around the world continue to coordinate efforts to understand the mechanisms linking climate variability to basin-scale teleconnections in the population dynamics of SPF. This international collaboration was spearheaded by the GLOBEC Regional Program on Small Pelagic Fish and Climate Change (SPACC) from 1994 to 2010. In the most recent decade, ICES and PICES have co-sponsored two symposia on SPF, including in 2012 (Nantes, France) and 2017 (Victoria, Canada). The latter re-confirmed the need to meet every 3 to 4 years to discuss, debate and collaborate to further improve the science-based advice required to sustainably manage SPF in an ecosystem context.

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Symposium conveners:

Marta Coll (Spain, ICES)
Myron Peck (Germany, ICES)
Ryan Rykaczewski (USA, PICES)
Ignacio Catalán (Spain, ICES)
Akinori Takasuka (Japan, PICES)
Miguel Bernal (FAO-GFCM)

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