Since the start of the ongoing war in Ukraine, a number of Member Countries have instructed their scientists and representatives to either boycott or avoid engagement in activities where representatives of the Russian Federation (one of ICES member countries) are present.
ICES is governed through an international convention and includes the 20 coastal states that border the North Atlantic, including the Baltic Sea. Multinational participation in the processes which provide science, data, and advice in support of our mission is essential to our integrity. ICES mission is to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate state-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals.
In order to fulfil our mission and obligations to requesters of ICES Advice, we require broad participation of essential experts in our activities. The war in Ukraine is undermining this broad participation in many multilateral science organizations, including ICES.
ICES Council of Delegates has voted to place a temporary suspension on all Russian Federation delegates, members, and experts from participation in ICES activities. This suspension will begin on 30 March 2022. ICES Bureau (Executive Committee) will monitor the situation and, when appropriate, recommend a reversal of this suspension.