ICES-FishMap is the first phase of a potential two-phase programme.
· This first phase will update and publish on-line the existing Atlas of North Sea Fishes: maps showing (seasonal) distributions, changes in abundance over the past decades, etc.
· The most important commercial species will be included, in addition to some species of particular ecological interest
· The on-line atlas will contain interactive maps that will allow direct comparison of distributions between years
· A second phase is dependent on further funding, but it would develop a fully interactive on-line atlas with wider species coverage. Where possible, it will also include information from the Baltic and Mediterranean; a hard-copy colour NE Atlantic Fish Atlas would then be published