Working Group of International Pelagic Surveys (WGIPS)

Urbano Auton, Florian Berg, Sigurvin Bjarnason, Fabio Campanella, Bram Couperus, Sven Gastauer, Åge Høines, Eydna í Homrum, Jan Arge Jacobsen, Espen Johnsen, Ruth Kelly, Cecilie Kvamme, Mathieu Lundy, Susan Maersk Lusseau, Steven Mackinson, Gavin McNeill, Richard Nash, Leif Nøttestad, Steven O'Connell, Ciaran O’DonnellMichael O'Malley, Hjalte Parner, Are Salthaug, Matthias Schaber, Leon Smith, Jeroen Van der Kooij

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WGIPS met in January 2023 to combine and review the results of the annual pelagic ecosystem surveys and provide indices for the stocks of herring, sprat, mackerel, boarfish, and blue whiting in the Northeast Atlantic, Norwegian Sea, North Sea, and Western Baltic. Timing, coverage and methodologies were assessed and coordinated for the upcoming 2023 surveys.

Progression on the update of the WGIPS survey manual (SISP 9) in the TIMES format continued, with an expected first draft to be submitted in spring 2023 and the completion planned within the present WGIPS reporting cycle.

The group discussed the future and development of databases used by the group (the ICES DB and the PGNAPES database). The use of StoX and progress on TAF were reviewed during a joint session with the ICES Data Centre and the StoX development team.

The biological sampling strategies in WGIPS surveys continue to be discussed and progress is being made on documenting the sampling strategies used in all WGIPS surveys in the new format of the sampling manual. The planned workshop on sampling strategies in the HERAS survey has been postponed until further progress is made on data availability for analysis.

WGIPS reviewed progress in using genetic stock separation methods for splitting survey results to component herring stocks and assessed ways forward for the development of these methods whilst maintaining the integrity of the survey indices. The group encourages continued close collaboration of the ICES survey and assessment groups and institutes carrying out the genetic analysis work.

WGIPS continues to follow progress on mesopelagic fish sampling in the International Blue Whiting Spawning Survey (IBWSS) through updates from the Ecologically and Economically Sustainable Mesopelagic Fisheries EU project (MEESO) and other developments within this area of relevance to the WGIPS surveys.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Number of pages122
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesICES Scientific Report


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