Since 2009, SMAST students have been participating directly in international fisheries management through the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Each year, students from the Department of Fisheries Oceanography, with a faculty co-chair, undertake to review stock assessments of a variety of species and geographical locations. This year, the group has reviewed 25 stock assessments from the Arctic and Northwest Atlantic. As student co-chair, Greg DeCelles is presenting the group’s review to ICES this week in Copenhagen. The student reviews are taken into account as ICES advises member countries on fisheries management.
The student reviewers this year are Greg DeCelles, Dan Goethel, Adam Barkley, Cate O'Keefe, Judith Rosellon-Drucker, Erin Adams, Sean Lucey and Ben Galuardi. Prof. Steve Cadrin co-chairs the group. In exchange for their efforts, students will receive a travel award from ICES to partially fund their attendance at the ICES Annual Science Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland.
ICES is an intergovernmental organization of more than 4000 scientists whose main objective is to increase the scientific knowledge of the marine environment and its living resources and to use this knowledge to provide advice to management.