Quantitative Ecosystem Indicators for Fisheries Management

Co-chairs: Philippe Cury (France) and Villy Christensen (Canada)

Other Full Members: Keith Brander (Denmark), Ratana Chuenpagdee (USA), Kevern Cochrane (Italy), Robert Costanza (USA), Steven Cousins (UK), Henrik Gislason (Denmark), Sherry Heileman (France), Simon Jennings (UK), Renato Quinoñes (Chile), Lynne Shannon (South Africa), Michael Sissenwine (USA), A.D.M. Smith (Australia), and John Steele (USA)

Associate Members: Gabriela Bianchi (Norway), Pierre Chavance (Senegal), Georgui Daskalov (Bulgaria), Serge Garcia (Italy), Astrid Jarre (Greenland), Kwame Koranteng (Ghana), Raymond Lae (Senegal), Steven Murawski (USA), Daniel Pauly (Canada), Tony Pitcher (Canada), Jake Rice (Canada), Marie Joelle Rochet (France), Keith Sainsbury (Australia), Yunne Shin (France), Patricia Sunye (Brazil), and Kees Zwanenburg (Canada)

Terms of Reference

  • To review the current state of knowledge in different marine and terrestrial disciplines relevant to the development of indicators for marine ecosystems (environmental, ecological and fisheries)
  • To review theories (hierarchy, cascade…) and indicators that have been developed in terrestrial ecology and to assess their utility for marine ecosystems.

  • To develop new indicators to study the functional role of species in ecosystems, exploitation and environment using output of multi-species models or available time series (e.g., fish catch statistics….), and using satellites, GIS (Geographic Information System).

  • To apply these indicators in a comparative way to characterize ecosystem states, changes and functioning.

  • To assess the utility of these indicators for management purposes and for the sustainable utilization of renewable resources.

Approved: October 2000

Financial Sponsors: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service, SCOR


#1: 5-6 October 2001 in Reykavik, Iceland

#2: 4-6 December 2002 in Cape Town, South Africa

SCOR-IOC Symposium on Quantitative Ecosystem Indicators for Fisheries Management 31 March-3 April 2004 Paris, France

Product: Quantitative Ecosystem Indicators for Fisheries Management - Special Issue of the ICES Journal of Marine Science, Volume 62, Issue 3, Pages 307-614 (May 2005)