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News from January to December 2021.
COVID-19 outbreak effects on ICES work
Important information about the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on ICES work.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Best environmental practices for deep-sea mining: are we there yet?
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, a study investigates Ecosystem-based Management principles in deep seabed mining.
Call for co-sponsorship of 2022 and 2023 symposia
ICES is looking for proposals for symposia co-sponsorship for 2022 and 2023. Proposal deadline: 1 February 2021
Protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems in deep-sea waters
ICES releases advice on areas where vulnerable marine ecosystems are known to occur or are likely to occur in European deep-sea fishing areas.
New Year, new leaders
Our four new steering group chairs share their vision for their groups.
ICES and UK sign a Memorandum of Understanding
ICES will provide scientific advice to the government of the United Kingdom on fishing opportunities, including information on the state of marine ecosystems and the impact of human activities.
Scripted by TAF
Simpler, less time consuming, and higher quality - workshop explores the reporting process for ICES expert groups with a special focus on stock assessment groups.
Getting our tentacles into cephalopod fisheries
Recent papers review the life history and ecology of European cephalopods and investigate the management and socioeconomic importance of the common octopus in Europe.
Exploring challenges and opportunities
Decision-makers and policy developers from governments and intergovernmental organizations that request ICES advice, along with Advisory Council representatives and stakeholders gain unique insight to ICES advice.
What are the socio-economic implications of offshore wind on fishing communities?
Join our March workshop to contribute towards a better understanding of offshore wind development.
What are the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on human wellbeing and interactions with coastal nature?
ICES Working Group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services are conducting a survey to increase understanding about how interacting with the natural environment in coastal areas may influence human health and wellbeing.
In Memoriam - Jakob Jakobsson
We are deeply saddened to inform about the passing of a great colleague Jakob Jakobsson.
FEATURE ARTICLE - Tributyltin: the story of a hidden bottom-up killer of the Crangon crangon population
A population-level endocrine disruption by TBT may have interfered unnoticed for the past 60 years of Crangon crangon's life history and almost the entire history of its recorded fisheries.
In Memoriam - Jakob Magnússon
We are deeply saddened to inform that Dr Jakob Magnússon, an Icelandic fisheries scientist and former member of ICES Council, passed away at New Year's Eve at 94 years old.
Nominations open for ICES Outstanding Achievement Award
It's time to nominate a fellow scientist whose contribution to our work and marine science deserves special recognition. Deadline for nominations: 3 May 2021
Reducing the impact of mobile bottom-contacting fishing gears on seafloor habitats
A recent workshop invited stakeholders to provide feedback on the trade-off analysis between fisheries and the seafloor.
Training the next generation of editors
ICES Journal of Marine Science launches an Editorial Mentorship Programme to train early career researchers in scientific publishing and journal editing.
Marine aquaculture in the anthropocene
How can aquaculture adapt its operations to climate change?
IJMS Editor's Choice - Sediment mobilization by bottom trawls
The latest Editor’s Choice article from the ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, authors estimate the sediment mobilization from hydrodynamic drag, applying their methods to the Dutch North Sea beam trawl fishery.
Seal of approval
Accredited by CoreTrustSeal, ICES joins network of worldwide certified repositories for data management.
Call for session proposals for ICES Annual Science Conference 2022
Shape the science programme of our Annual Science Conference 2022 in Dublin, Ireland. Deadline for session proposal closed 14 June.
A transparent advisory process
Highlighting our commitment to the ecosystem approach, ICES publishes a new advisory framework with the basis for both advice requests on fishing opportunities and ecosystem, environmental, and broader scale advice.
Fostering advances in zooplankton ecology for 30 years
Created in 1991, ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology continues today with the same drive.
ICES experts contribute to UN’s Second World Ocean Assessment
The Second World Ocean Assessment, the major output of the second cycle of the United Nation’s Regular Process, is launched today. Experts from our network have contributed to this global effort to provide integrated assessment of the world’s oceans.
Do area-based fisheries management measures benefit biodiversity?
ICES/IUCN-CEM FEG workshop tests criteria to identify other effective area-based conservation measures - do area-based fisheries management measures qualify?
Genomic selection: the way towards smarter breeding in aquaculture
Dramatically increasing genetic gain while simultaneously offering improved control of inbreeding - the potential of genomic selection is now widely recognised and much research is underway.
A year in review
ICES Annual Report 2020 now published.
Contribute to our expanding work in the Arctic
New joint ICES/PICES group will develop integrated ecosystem assessment for the Northern Bering Sea-Chukchi Sea.
Red tide rising? A global assessment of harmful algal bloom events
ICES-IOC Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics contributes to the first Global Harmful Algae Bloom Status Report.
IJMS Editor's Choice – Utilizing spatio-temporal structures to accommodate for changing environment and gaps in survey coverage
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, to accommodate for time varying survey coverages, authors apply a general spatio-temporal model to estimate overall abundance of cod in the Barents Sea.
Are you a TAF user? Why not?
Have your say in improving ICES Transparent Assessment Framework.
Tradeoffs between fisheries and the seafloor
ICES explores five management scenarios that could be used to reduce pressure and impact on the seabed caused by bottom trawling.
FEATURE ARTICLE - A look back at the CRR series
As the entire series is digitized, Emory Anderson, Editor of ICES Cooperative Research Report series takes us from the first printed copies through to thelatest online offerings.
ICES General Secretary resigns
After 10 years of service, Anne Christine Brusendorff, ICES General Secretary, has informed ICES Bureau of her decision to resign from her position, effective 31 December 2021.
Survey protocols moving with the TIMES
ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences has expanded its content to include the Series of ICES Survey Protocols.
Ocean climate and atmosphere highlights for the North Atlantic in 2020
ICES Working Group on Ocean Hydrography (WGOH) analyses and reviews oceanographic conditions in the North Atlantic annually and has just released the 2020 highlights for the North Atlantic.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Trophic transfer of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in coral reef ecosystems
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is available. Here, an assessment of the trophodynamics of PAHs serves as a first step towards ecological risk assessment & coastal function management in global coral reef systems.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Genomic divergence across the Northwest Atlantic in Atlantic Halibut
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, researchers investigate Atlantic Halibut to discover genetic differences between populations.
A new Strategic Initiative within ICES aims to better integrate early career scientists in the organization.
Sustainable alternatives to exceptions and exemptions for ballast water management
A recent study conducted by members of WGBOSV evaluates local and regional risk assessment case studies to provide clarity for situations where ships could be excepted or exempted from ballast water management.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Uncrewed surface vehicle survey in response to the cancellation of ship-based surveys
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. When the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of fisheries surveys, researchers used uncrewed surface vehicles to carry out an acoustic survey.
ICES requests your feedback on how the organization could operate in the post-pandemic era.
Keep on keeping on
Dave Reid is honoured with ICES Outstanding Achievement Award at first ever virtual Annual Science Conference.
Don't give up!
Carlos Duarte reminds us that while rebuilding marine life is a grand challenge, it is also an ethical obligation.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Understanding larval success
In the latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, researchers develop a novel method to simultaneously estimate growth and mortality rates of fish larvae as a continuous function of size.
Moving away from a system of beliefs to a system of acknowledged uncertain knowledge
Can we quantify uncertainty in ocean ecosystem models and scenarios to help make these tools more useful to decision-makers? With OSMOSE, Yunne Shin leads the way.
Estimating discard survival
Latest Cooperative Research Report, No. 351, provides a state-of-the-art review of the current best practice for methods to estimate discard survival.
A tribute to the life and accomplishments of Sidney J. Holt
The latest themed set of articles in ICES Journal of Marine Science celebrate the work and influence of Sidney Holt on modern fisheries science.
Monitoring chemical pollution
ICES releases Viewpoint on the assessment of the biological effects of chemical pollution.
IJMS Editor's Choice-Understanding recruitment forecasting
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here researchers present a framework to assess operational recruitment forecasts.
Update on ICES expert group meetings
The majority of ICES expert group meetings to continue online until the end of 2021. A number of pilot hybrid meetings will be organized at ICES Secretariat in Copenhagen.
New ICES President elected at 2021 Council
William Karp elected incoming ICES President at annual statutory Council meeting.
Why are herring in the Western Baltic Sea producing less and less offspring?
Thünen Institute publishes a multimedia feature to explain how Western Baltic herring is impacted by climate change.
Joanne Morgan and Dorleta Garcia appointed as new ACOM vice-chairs.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Restoring Atlantic salmon populations
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. With the UN Decade on Restoration underway, researchers provide insight to both scientists & managers on how restoration activities can progress for Atlantic salmon.
Planning a symposium in 2023 or 2024?
ICES welcomes proposals for symposium co-sponsorship. Proposal deadline: 1 February 2022
IJMS Editor's Choice - Red snapper variations in the Gulf of Mexico
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, read about a genomic analysis of population structure that uses a landscape genetics approach.
Detecting the hidden diversity
Molecular approaches are revising global estimates of zooplankton diversity.
A complete overview of fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic
New fisheries overview published for the Faroes ecoregion.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Food for seabirds: South Africa and its iconic African penguins
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. A decade-long field experiment in South Africa reveals how fisheries may be affecting the country's most iconic seabird.
New Ecosystem Overview for the Central Arctic Ocean
ICES has published a new Ecosystem Overview for the Central Arctic Ocean ecoregion and released updated Overviews for eleven other ecoregions.
ICES releases Aquaculture Overview
New advice product incorporates interactions of environmental, economic, and social drivers of aquaculture as well as future projections and emerging threats and opportunities.
Small-scale impacts of multi-purpose platforms on marine ecosystems
Should we co-locate offshore marine renewable energy and aquaculture production? Understanding their immediate impacts on surrounding marine ecosystems is crucial before big-scale construction of such structures takes off globally.
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