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TITLE Updating the ICES Atlas of North Sea Fishes   ices_fishmap_en.pdf (3.47 MB)
Document ID LIB63
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 24/02/2005
Document reference ICES-FishMap
Original language of the document English
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  • Fisheries


Short description  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
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Fishery scientists possess a wealth of information that is important for the management decision-making process but is not readily available to all interested parties because it is contained in technical papers. In 1993, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) published the Atlas of North Sea Fishes, based on data from 1985 to 1987. Since then, new information has become av ...

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