Policy relevance in 2013

The Evolution and Ecology (EEP) Program continues to work closely with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, with particular reference to its Working Group on Fisheries-Induced Evolution (WGEVO).

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The ICES is not only the main advisory agency for managing the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas, but also the world’s oldest intergovernmental organization concerned with marine and fisheries science.

Of particular note, the ICES Working Group on Fisheries-Induced Evolution (WGEVO) was convened for the fourth time in 2013 co-chaired by two of EEP’s senior scientists.

ICES is an expert group that addresses scientific and applied dimensions of fisheries-induced evolution, designing protocols and tools for evolutionary impact assessments (EvoIAs0) [1]. It also advises on the influence of fisheries-induced evolution on reference points for fisheries management [2].

Through WGEVO, EEP is also intensively working on a new international collaborative study on estimating fisheries-induced selection differentials across a large number of stocks, progress on which has been made in 2013.

The recognition WGEVO is receiving within ICES is reflected by the extension of this expert group for a second three-year term.


Working Group on Fisheries-Induced Evolution (WGEVO) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

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