ICES Newsletter - April 2021
FEATURE–Tributyltin: the story of a hidden bottom-up killer of the Crangon crangon population – A retrospective analysis in an ecosystem context.
Kris Cooreman, ILVO and member of the Working Group on Biological Effects of Contaminants presents a population-level endocrine disruption by TBT that may have interfered unnoticed for the past 60 years of Crangon crangon’s life history and almost the entire history of its recorded fisheries.
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.
30 years advancing zooplankton ecology
Created in 1991, ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology continues today with the same drive.
A transparent advisory process
ICES publishes a new advisory framework with the basis for both advice requests on fishing opportunities and ecosystem, environmental, and broader scale advice.
Nominations open for ICES Outstanding Achievement Award
Recognize your colleague!
ICES Outstanding Achievement Award honours scientists who have made especially notable contributions to ICES.
Deadline for nominations: 3 May!
In Eye on the Experts, we meet some of the early career scientists that are members of ICES expert groups and find out what they do.In this episode,we meet Fedor Lishchenko, member of the Working Group on Cephalopod Fisheries and Life History.
Latest ID Leaflets
No. 194Acartiidae Sars G.O, 1903
Copepods of the family Acartiidae are abundant marine zooplankton with a worldwide distribution.
In ICES area and the Ponto-Mediterranean region, 21 species and 1 variety have been described.
No. 64ICES Survey Protocols – Manual for acoustic surveys coordinated under ICES Working Group on Acoustic and Egg Surveys for Small Pelagic Fish (WGACEGG).
Small pelagic fish account for more than 30% by weight of the total landings of capture fisheries around the world. SPF populations of both marine and inland ecosystems are crucial for ensuring global food security. SPF also play an important role in the transfer of energy in food webs through mid-trophic levels, so understanding processes affecting the dynamics of their populations, their role in marine ecosystems and how these shape robust management practices continues to be a high priority.
The international symposium on “Small Pelagic Fish: New Frontiers in Science for Sustainable Management” will highlight the state-of-the-art in these and other topics related to the ecology and sustainable management of small pelagic fish. The symposium complements collaborative research conducted by the joint ICES/PICES Working Group on Small Pelagic Fish and is relevant to the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, particularly “to bolster scientific research for a sustainably harvested ocean ensuring the provision of food supply.”
Click here to find out more about all upcoming ICES symposia.
ICES Training courses 2021
Introduction to Management Strategy Evaluation
23–27 August 2021, online courseRegistration deadline: 6 August 2021
Introduction to Stock Assessment
27 September - 1 October 2021, online course
Registration deadline: 13 September 2021
Introduction to large-scale tag-recapture campaigns and their potential role in the management of fisheries resources
4-8 October 2021, online course
Registration deadline: 20 September 2021
Upcoming workshops ICES workshops are open to all interested individuals.Click on the workshop name for more informatiions
Workshop on the production of swept area estimates for all hauls in DATRAS for biodiversity assessments (WKSAE_DATRAS)31 May–4 June 2021
Workshop on Estimation of Commercial Catches I – Ratio estimators (WKRATIO) 31 May–4 June 2021
Workshop on Age reading of Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) (WKARDL2)
6–10 June 2021
Third Workshop on Populating the RDBES data model (WKRDB-POP3)
14–18 June 2021
Workshop on Stakeholder Engagement Strategy (WKSHOES)
22–24 June 2021
Workshop 2 on the identification of clupeid larvae (WKIDCLUP2)
1–3 September 2021
Workshop on estimation of MOrtality of Marine MAmmals due to Bycatch (WKMOMA)
26–27 September 2021
Explore our #oceansofdata
How’s herring doing in the North Sea?
Dive into our stock assessment database to find data behind our advice on fishing opportunities from 2014 onwards.
In Other Words
What are vulnerable marine ecosystems?Laura Robson, Chair of the Working Group on Deep-water Ecology explains:
A vulnerable marine ecosystem (VME) refers to a group of marine species that are particularly vulnerable to human impacts, such as from deep-sea fishing activity. When aggregations of these species occur together, they form a habitat for other species, such as fish and crustaceans, which creates an ‘ecosystem’.
The vulnerability of this ecosystem depends on a number of factors which are used to determine whether a habitat is listed as a VME or not. These factors or ‘criteria’ include:
ICES Working Group on Deep-water Ecology has prepared a list of VMEs which includes habitat-types such as deep-water coral reefs; coral gardens; deep-sea sponge aggregations and fields of soft corals called ‘sea-pens’. This list is used by the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation for the North-East Atlantic (NEAFC), to develop conservation and management measures to ensure deep-sea fishing activity in this area avoids damage to these ecosystems. Each year, ICES provide advice to NEAFC on areas where VME have been found in North Atlantic waters, and these areas are often closed to bottom trawling activity.
A coral garden VME at Anton Dohrn Seamount in the Rockall Trough in the northeast Atlantic. Image: NERC funded DeepLinks project – University of Plymouth, University of Oxford, JNCC and BGS (2016).
COVID-19 pandemic effects on ICES work
The health and safety of our staff and community are our primary concern. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, ICES Bureau has agreed to an extension of the precautionary measures. This means that expert groups will continue to operate through online meetings until at least 31 July 2021.
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