The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) coordinates and promotes marine research on oceanography, the marine environment and ecosystems, and living marine resources in the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. ICES is a scientific and research organization for the provision of information and advice to member countries and international bodies.
ICES Science and Advice considers the mutual relationship between human endeavour and marine ecosystems, ensuring the optimum science is available from which decision-makers can make informed choices about the sustainable use of the marine environment and its resources.
Current ICES priorities include the expansion of scientific activity into the Arctic, Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, aquaculture, and continued work towards the environmental pillar of the European Union’s integrated maritime policy, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).Area of competenceICES work is centred on the North Atlantic Ocean as well as the adjacent North Sea and Baltic Sea and is carried out in a collaborative and coordinated manner by the laboratories and institutes of the 20 ICES Member Countries.
ICES area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverageAll living resources. Members
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Member: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America.