What we do

Transatlantic cooperation

ICES continues to support highly productive and fruitful transatlantic research collaboration.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is happening?​​

​​The Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation was signed 24 May 2013 by the European Union, the United States​, and Canada aligning their ocean observation and research efforts. The statement led to the establishment of EU H​​​orizon 2020 project Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination and Support Action (AORAC-SA). The aim of AORAC-SA is to provide its partners with relevant and responsive information on ocean research to meet scientific and industry needs in the North Atlantic.

What does ICES do?

ICES has been supporting transatlantic cooperation since our​inception.  This support is now formalized through AORAC-SA, with ICES leading three work packages: aquaculture, the ecosystem approach to ocean health and stresso​​rs, and knowledge sharing platform​.  

Through our extensive network of scientists from 20 member countries and beyond, we are able to provide relevant and evidence-based information for sustainable management of the Atlantic Ocean area and adjacent seas - including the Arctic. This broad network provides a platform for knowledge exchange and best practice development on important marine science issues.

ICES responds to the priorities established by the European Action Plan for the North Atlantic in many ways:

Contribution to Priority 1: Support Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)

  • designing and evaluation of management plans
  • modelling of different management scenarios
  • working groups on gear research
  • estimating discards
  • developing options for discard avoidance
  • assessing the environmental impact of aquaculture

Contribution to Priority 2: Protect, secure, and develop the potential of Atlantic marine and coastal environments

  • running a large database on Atlantic Data 
  • working and study groups on Global Climate Change
  • working groups on Integrated Assessments and Ecosystem Based Management 
  • projects on fisheries management in Marine Protected Areas, which support both the MSFD and the CFP
  • working groups on Ecosystem Understanding, Biodiversity of the Seas, Marine Spatial Planning, and Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

Council Strategic Initiative on Maritime Transatlantic Cooperation (CSIMTC)
A think tank focused on contributing with strategic input to successful transatlantic cooperation, including research financing in the North Atlantic. The group is chaired by Alain Vezina (Canada) and Fritz Köster (Denmark).


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