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ICES expert groups meetings planned to meet in ICES HQ in February will occur online.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Tuna archaeology in a management and conservation context
The latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science is now available. Here, read about how archaeology can inform us about the long-term population dynamics of Atlantic bluefin tuna and how they have been impacted by exploitation.
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New Steering Group Chairs take the helm
Ann-Lisbeth Agnalt is the new Chair for Aquaculture Steering Group, and Andy Kenny is leading the Human Activities, Pressures, and Impacts Steering Group.
IJMS Editor's Choice - The gap between current marine spatial planning objectives and reality
In the latest Editor’s Choice article from ICES Journal of Marine Science, read about the mismatch between marine spatial planning aspirations and real-world objectives and how this gap can be resolved in the future.
In memoriam - Sarah Kraak
It is with sadness that we announce that our dear colleague and friend Sarah Kraak has passed away.
COVID-19 pandemic effects on ICES work
ICES expert groups can meet at ICES HQ from March 2022.
ICES working group uncovers Crangon crangon connections
WGCRAN looks at the connectivity of local brown shrimp sub-stocks in the North Sea and the risk of local recruitment overfishing.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Fish larval connectivity models and associated uncertainties
How reliable are fish larval connectivity biophysical models and which parameters in the model contribute to uncertainties in the estimates? Read the latest Editor’s Choice article in ICES Journal of Marine Science.
Take a look around our new online library.
Important notice about ICES meetings
All ICES meetings between 7 March and 1 April 2022 are cancelled or postponed.
Maximizing existing data for the benefit of cetacean conservation
ICES and Joint Nature Conservation Committee launch the Joint Cetacean Data Programme Portal
New General Secretary sets sail for Copenhagen
Alan Haynie, US, to take office in Copenhagen after being appointed new ICES General Secretary.
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: 2 May 2022
What is the capacity of the ocean and its resources to adapt to climate change?
In the latest themed set of papers in ICES Journal of Marine Science, the adaptation capacity of the ocean and marine resources is explored in the face of climate change.
Highlighting the role of salmon in ICES Advice
NASCO and ICES sign new Memorandum of Understanding.
Statement from ICES Council
ICES Council places a temporary suspension of Russian participation in ICES activities.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Fish stocks and their shifting distributions in the era of climate change
In this Editor’s Choice article, read about the development of the first-ever model-based index of abundance for groundfish across the Bering Sea shelf. Results show the studied densities shifted northward, in part driven by climate change.
IJMS Editor's Choice -Genetic mixing of wild and farmed salmon populations: what are the driving factors?
In this Editor’s Choice article, read how two large-scale datasets were used to model the influence of anthropogenic, environmental, and population factors on the introgression of escaped farmed salmon into wild Norwegian Atlantic salmon populations.
Rising tides – voices from the new generation of marine scientists
Publishing is often at the centre of a career in science – now early career scientists have the opportunity to publish about their career in science as it happens.
Identifying protected, endangered, and threatened species (PETS) at risk of bycatch
Bycatch work advances as species lists of PETS fish, seabirds, and marine mammals are published for each ICES ecoregion.
Advancing salmon conservation
Experts invited to a series of salmon workshops to advance the conservation of wild salmon at sea.
IJMS Themed Set - Marine zooplankton time-series and the sustainable management of marine resources
In the latest themed set in ICES Journal of Marine Science, the importance of time-series data for zooplankton community structure and distribution is presented along with the resulting impact of warming seas on marine ecosystems.
ICES role in science-policy interface highlighted in a UN meeting
Today, ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM) Chair Mark Dickey-Collas participated in a panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Ongoing ocean climate observations
ICES Working Group on Oceanic Hydrography publishes North Atlantic ocean climate highlights for 2021.
Newly launched online resource features R code, stock assessment methods, predictions, new biological knowledge, self-sampling data, acoustic sampling, and marine social science.
IJMS Editor's Choice – Insights into fishers’ behaviour
In this Editor’s Choice article, read how two sides of fishers’ behaviour, fishing area choices, and discarding have been investigated in relation to the spatial distribution of mixed-fisheries resources in the eastern English Channel.
Keeping advice requesters informed
The requesters of ICES advice met with our advisory programme at ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen last week for their annual update on the advisory process.
#Decadal2022: North Atlantic marine climate in recent decades
The Fourth Symposium on Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems: 2010–2019 kicks off in Bergen, Norway.
#Decadal2022: Plankton in the new millennium: synchronic multidecadal trends and regime shifts
The Fourth Symposium on Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems: 2010–2019 takes place in Bergen, Norway and runs 20–22 June 2022.
#Decadal2022: Understanding and incorporating human dimensions of marine social-ecological systems
The Fourth Symposium on Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems: 2010–2019 takes place in Bergen, Norway and runs from 20–22 June 2022.
Ocean sciences for the future we want
The Fourth ICES PICES Early Career Scientist Conference welcomes the next generation of marine scientists to Canada.
IJMS Hidden Gems - A test of the transferability of species distribution models
Watch the first interview from our new series, where authors elaborate on their findings published in ICES Journal of Marine Science. Danielle Haulsee discusses the distribution of the endangered Atlantic sturgeon and species distribution models.
Call for session proposals for ICES Annual Science Conference 2023
Shape the science programme of our Annual Science Conference 2023 in Bilbao, Spain. Deadline for proposals: 9 September
Change of plans for ICES Annual Science Conference 2023
Joint ICES–PICES Conference has been postponed.
IJMS Hidden Gems - Scenario analysis as a guide for aquaculture planning
Watch the second interview from our new series, where authors elaborate on their findings published in ICES Journal of Marine Science. Jessica Couture discusses scenario analysis (SA) as a method for future aquaculture planning.
IJMS Editor's Choice – Uncovering marine megafauna temporal and spatial stranding patterns
In this Editor’s Choice article, read how systematic and wide-ranging beach surveys uncover temporal and spatial patterns of marine megafauna strandings and the importance of including survey effort in the analysis.
A year in review
ICES Annual Report 2021 is now published.
ICES Journal of Marine Science becoming fully open access
From January 2023, ICES Journal of Marine Science will become fully open access.
IJMS Hidden Gems - Fishing efficiency and the use of drifting FADs in tropical tuna purse seine fisheries
Watch the latest interview from our new series, where authors elaborate on their findings published in ICES Journal of Marine Science. David Kaplan discusses the use of drifting fish aggregating devices in tropical tuna purse seine fisheries.
Planning a symposium in 2025?
ICES welcomes proposals for symposium co-sponsorship. Proposal deadline: 1 February 2023
Céad míle fáilte!
ICES Annual Science Conference 2022 kicks off in Dublin.
Putting jellies on the agenda
If the future looks more gelatinous, Cornelia Jaspers says we need to start considering them now.
Manuela Azevedo honoured for her scientific career
"It is inspiring to know that my work has practical application and is important for society, meeting the needs of the fishing industry, stakeholders, and managers for the conservation and sustainable exploitation of marine resources."
In memoriam - Maris Plikshs
We are deeply saddened to inform about the passing of our colleague and good friend Maris Plikshs.
Presenting your best work
Winners of merit awards for best poster and oral presentations announced at the Annual Science Conference (ASC) in Dublin, Ireland.
IJMS Editor's Choice - Automating benthic fish detection under ‘real-world’ conditions
In this Editor’s Choice article, read about the importance of testing machine learning algorithms for benthic fish detection with real-world condition datasets before finalizing them.
#Capelin2022: Marine heatwaves and cold-spells
Opposite temperatures, same result. In Bergen, Hannah Murphy and Mayumi Arimitsu talk about the persistent collapse of capelin in two oceans at opposite ends of the thermal optima.
Expanding our aquaculture advice
ICES publishes a new Aquaculture Overview for the Celtic Seas ecoregion.
#Capelin2022 Small but mighty: Capelin symposium kicks off in Bergen
A four-day capelin symposium hopes to expand our knowledge base on the biology, ecology, and role of this key forage fish in Arctic and Sub-Arctic ecosystems.
#Capelin2022: Understanding the implications of the new Arctic lightscape
Arctic sea ice and snow are melting at an increasing rate leading to an increase in light reaching the waters of high-latitude oceans. Tom Langbehn talks about the impacts of this changing Arctic lightscape on species distribution in Bergen.
#Capelin2022: Capelin-cod dynamics
Mariano Koen-Alonso compares capelin-cod dynamics in the Newfoundland-Labrador and Barents Sea ecosystems and what it may tell us about ecosystem regulation.
IJMS Hidden Gems - Climate change effects on marine renewable energy and offshore aquaculture
Carlos Weiss discusses the possible effects of climate change on the geographical distribution of potential zones for the exploitation of renewable energy and aquaculture activities in European regional seas.
ICES Council meets in Copenhagen
New science, stakeholder engagement and gender equality are discussed as ICES President and General Secretary chair their first meeting.
IJMS Hidden Gems - The use of convolutional neural networking in benthic habitat classification and species distribution modelling
Jennifer Fincham talks about species distribution modelling at large spatial scales in alignment with ecosystem-based monitoring principles.
Nominate an early career scientist to speak at ASC 2023
Call opens today as ICES accepts nominations for early career scientist keynote speaker at ASC 2023 in Bilbao, Spain.
Conservation aspects included in ICES fishing opportunities advice
European eel is first fish stock to contain advice on conservation.
#SPFSymposium2 New frontiers in science for sustainable management of small pelagic fish
Martin Pastoors speaks about sustainable, collaborative approaches between the fishing industry and fisheries science at the International Symposium on Small Pelagic Fish in Lisbon.
IJMS Hidden Gems - A proposed framework for reporting mass mortality events of seabirds
Jennifer Lavers talks about seabird mass mortality events and a proposed framework to better describe them quantitatively and qualitatively in the future.
ICES releases latest Fisheries Overviews
Which species are being caught, by whom, in which areas, using which type of gear, and how does this impact the ecosystem?
IJMS Hidden Gems - Estimating individual fish school biomass using digital omnidirectional sonars
Héctor Peña talks about estimating individual fish school biomass using digital omnidirectional sonars for herring and mackerel.
IJMS Editor's Choice - A review of the importance of various areas for West-Atlantic mackerel spawning
In this Editor’s Choice article, read about some of the uncertainty associated with the mackerel stock assessments and mackerel spatial spawning dynamics.
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