Recent Submissions

  • Report of Working Group 29 on Regional Climate Modeling

    Jang, Chan Joo; Curchitser, Enrique (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2018)
  • Conditions promoting extreme Pseudo-nitzschia events in the eastern Pacific but not the western Pacific

    Trainer, Vera L. (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2017)
  • Report of Working Group 26 on Jellyfish Blooms around the North Pacific Rim: Causes and Consequences

    Uye, Shin-ichi; Brodeur, Richard D. (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2017)
  • Marine ecosystems and human well-being: The PICES-Japan MAFF MarWeB Project

    Makino, Mitsutaku; Perry, R. Ian (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2017)
  • Report of Working Group 21 on Non-indigenous Aquatic Species

    Kestrup, Asa M.; Smith, Darlene L.; Therriault, Thomas W. (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2015)
  • Report of the Study Group on Biodiversity Conservation

    Curtis, Janelle M.R. (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2015)
  • Spatial ecology of marine top predators in the North Pacific: Tools for integrating across datasets and identifying high use areas

    Watanuki, Yutaka; Suryan, Robert M.; Sasaki, Hiroko; Yamamoto, Takashi; Hazen, Elliott L.; Renner, Martin; Santora, Jarrod A.; O’Hara, Patrick D.; Sydeman, William J. (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2016)
  • Proceedings of the Workshop on Economic Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms on Fisheries and Aquaculture

    Trainer, Vera L.; Yoshida, Takafumi (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2014)
  • Report of the Study Group on Marine Pollutants

    Ross, Peter S. (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2014-02)
    This report does not provide a comprehensive overview of all pollution issues that are relevant to the PICES community. However, it does give input to the broader PICES community on:• some of the priority pollutants in the North Pacific Ocean as identified by scientists from PICES’ six member countries.• some of the promising indicator approaches or 'sentinel species' that are being used within the PICES community, or elsewhere, and could be used more widely across PICES member countries.• some of the opportunities to share technical information on logistical, analytical, and/or field study methods in support of improved and/or standardized methodologies that could be used by all PICES member countries.The ultimate objective of the SG-MP was to design a proposal (plan) for future PICES activities related to marine pollution.
  • Report of the PICES/ICES Working Group on Forecasting Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Shellfish

    Hollowed, Anne B.; Kim, Suam; Barange, Manuel; Loeng, Harald (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2013-12)
    In 2008, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) approved the formation of an interdisciplinary Working Group on Forecasting Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Shellfish (WG-FCCIFS). This Working Group was designed to enagage the PICES and ICES scientific communities in an effort to discuss and assess our current understanding of the implications of climate change on marine fish and fisheries. The group was quite active, and the products of WG-FCCIFS include one major scientific symposium, a symposium volume and several peer reviewed journal articles. WG-FCCIFS’s primary accomplishments and research findings are described in this report. The group promoted research on climate change impacts on marine ecosystems by scientists in PICES and ICES member countries through coordinated communication, exchange of methodology, and organization of meetings to discuss and publish results. In collaboration with relevant expert groups in PICES and ICES, WG-FCCIFS developed frameworks and methodologies for projecting the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, with particular emphasis on shifts in the distribution, abundance and production of commercial fish and shellfish. WG-FCCIFS members met to review the results of designated case studies to test methods. Given the limitations of our forecasts, they also explored techniques for estimating and communicating uncertainty in forecasts and strategies for research and management under climate change scenarios. As the 3-year term for WG-FCCIFS approached, it was clear that PICES and ICES were well positioned to serve as world leaders in advancing science on assessments of climate change impacts on marine ecosystems. This recognition led to the formation of the ICES Strategic Initiative on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems (SICCME), referred to as the Section on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems (S-CCME) within PICES.
  • Report of Working Group 24 on Environmental Interactions of Marine Aquaculture

    Abo, Katsuyuki; Burgetz, Ingrid; Dumbauld, Brett (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2013-08)
    This report is a summary of the activities that WG 24 undertook from 2009 to 2012. The Working Group, with the guidance of FIS and MEQ, refined the activities under the terms of reference so that each PICES member country with active Working Group members could contribute to the report. This refinement was required due to the different types of expertise needed to meet the three very different activities outlined in the terms of reference.Through topic sessions, workshops and targeted Working Group activities, different aspects of sustainable marine aquaculture research relevant to WG 24’s terms of reference were highlighted. Research activities in all PICES member countries focus on identifying aquaculture–environment interactions, whether to model the impacts or to minimize them through optimizing culture approaches, as well as on research related to disease identification and management.Based on the experience of WG 24 and the direction of PICES under its FUTURE science plan, some marine aquaculture issues and analysis can be more holistically addressed through expert groups that include consideration of anthropogenic stressor effects on the marine environment. Additionally, any future marine aquaculture-related PICES expert group should be more narrowly focused to not only allow for more directed work, but also to increase the likelihood of experts from all PICES member countries being able to participate and contribute.This report is composed of three sections: Assessing environmental interactions of marine aquaculture, marine aquaculture legislative frameworks and environmental interactions research, and pathogens of aquatic animals organized as country reports.
  • Report of Working Group 23 on Comparative Ecology of Krill in Coastal and Oceanic Waters around the Pacific Rim

    Shaw, C. Tracy; Peterson, William T.; Sun, Song (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2013-07)
    In October 2007, the PICES Working Group on Comparative Ecology of Krill in Coastal and Oceanic Waters around the Pacific Rim (WG 23) was established under the direction of the Biological Oceanography Committee. This report brings together reviews of the state of knowledge of Euphausia pacifica and Thysanoessa species in the six PICES member countries over the time period from 2008 to 2012. The chances to conduct euphausiid research varied amongst countries, but PICES scientists rose to the challenge and made the most of the opportunities available to them. From mining euphausiid data out of existing time-series data sets to conducting live euphausiid experiments (using the protocol available on the PICES website, http://www.pices.int/projects/Euphasiid/euphasiid.aspx), WG 23 members generated new and interesting data on euphausiids throughout the North Pacific.
  • PICES Advisory Report on the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka (Steller, 1743) in relation to marine ecology

    McKinnell, Stewart M.; Curchitser, Enrique; Groot, Cornelius; Kaeriyama, Masahide; Myers, Katherine W. (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2012-08)
    In the spring of 2010, the Government of Canada invited PICES to participate in a Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River by considering how marine ecology may have affected their abundance. A major objective that was achieved in this report was to assemble, within an eight week period, as comprehensive a summary as was possible of what is known about Fraser River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in the ocean. While much of this effort involved summarizing information published in data/technical reports and the primary literature, where necessary, original data have been re-examined and new analyses conducted to fulfill the terms of the Statement of Work. The compilation provides a background of knowledge against which to judge what can be known regarding the two major questions posed by the Cohen Commission to PICES:-Can the decline in Fraser River sockeye in 2009 be explained by the conditions the fish experienced in the marine environment?-Is there any evidence for declines in marine productivity or changes in Fraser River sockeye distribution that can be associated with the 15-year gradual decrease in Fraser River sockeye productivity?
  • Report of Working Group 22 on Iron Supply and its Impact on Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean

    Takeda, Shigenobu; Chai, Fei; Nishioka, Jun (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2013-07)
    The Working Group on Iron Supply and its Impact on Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean (WG 22) was established October 2007 under the direction of the Biological Oceanography Committee (BIO) and consisted of 20 members from all PICES member countries, including Co-Chairmen, Drs. Shigenobu Takeda (Japan) and Fei Chai (USA). The purpose of the Working Group was to examine the role of iron biogeochemistry and its impact on biological productivity and marine ecosystems. WG 22 has completed the following four goals in its terms of reference:1. Compile and synthesize available iron biogeochemistry data in the North Pacific;2. Review the past and ongoing laboratory, field and modeling studies on iron biogeochemistry and its impact on biological productivity and marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean;3 Determine the natural supplies of iron to the North Pacific, which include atmospheric dust transport and movement of iron-enriched waters, and examine linkages between iron supply and ecosystem responses;4. Identify gaps and issues related to experimental and modeling activities, encourage and plan national and international scientific programs on iron biogeochemistry and its impact on marine ecosystems in the North Pacific.WG 22 has accomplished most of its originally proposed objectives. Through Annual Meetings, we kept the iron community in all PICES member countries together on a regular basis. Our Working Group members actively exchanged ideas and discussed their ongoing research results, which led to several important publications. We also consolidated some of available iron data for the North Pacific, and more data will be added to this data set as time goes on. We are confident that our short 3-year effort will provide a sound foundation for future iron-related research in the North Pacific Ocean.
  • Report of the Advisory Panel on Micronekton Sampling Inter-calibration Experiment

    Pakhomov, Evgeny; Yamamura, Orio; North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)
  • Report of Working Group 20 on Evaluations of Climate Change Projections

    Foreman , Michael G.; Yamanaka , Yasuhiro; North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), 2011-12)
  • Report of Working Group 19 on Ecosystem-based Management Science and its Application to the North Pacific

    Jamieson, Glen; Livingston, Patricia A.; Zhang, Chang-Ik; North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2010-09)
  • Report of the Study Group on Human Dimensions

    Makino, Mitsutaku; Fluharty, David L.; North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) (North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)Sidney, British Columbia, 2011-12)
  • Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on the Okhotsk Sea and Adjacent Areas

    Kashiwai, Makoto; Kantakov, Gennady (North Pacific Marine Science OrganizationSidney, British Columbia, 2009)
    This report is the outcome of the fourth PICES Workshop on “The Okhotsk Sea and Adjacent Waters” held August 27–29, 2008, in Abashiri, Japan. (PDF contains 319 pages)
  • Impacts of Climate and Climate Change on the Key Species in the Fisheries in the North Pacific

    Beamish, R.J. (North Pacific Marine Science OrganizationSidney, British Columbia, 2008)
    (PDF contains 246 pages)

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