Working Group 21: Non-indigenous Aquatic Species
  • Acronym: WG 21
  • Parent Committee: MEQ
  • Term: Oct. 2005 - 2013
  • Renewed:
    Oct. 2005 - Oct. 2009 (renewed at PICES XIV)
    Oct. 2005 - Oct. 2010 (renewed at PICES XVII)
  • Co-Chairs:
    Darlene Smith (Canada) darlene.smith@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    Vasily Radashevsky (Russia) radashevsky@mail.ru
Terms of reference (updated Nov. 2008)
  1. Assesses the status of non-indigenous aquatic species in the PICES area by:
    • completing an inventory of currently reported estuarine and marine aquatic non-indigenous species in PICES member countries;
    • compiling definitions of terms and making recommendations on use of terms;
    • summarizing the situation on bioinvasions in the North Pacific; and
    • comparing and contrasting to other regions.

  2. Assemble an inventory of expertise and programs related to non-indigenous aquatic species in PICES member countries by:
    • compiling a list of existing databases of non-indigenous aquatic species experts; and
    • compiling sources of information on relevant national research and monitoring programs in PICES member countries.

  3. Summarize initiatives on prevention and mitigation measures (e.g., ICES Code of Practice for the Introduction and Transfer of Marine Organisms; IMO Ballast Water Management Convention and national policies of PICES member countries), and develop recommendations for best practices for prevention and mitigation.

  4. Promote collaboration between ICES and PICES Working Groups on non-indigenous species by:
    • holding joint meetings of the related ICES Working Groups and PICES WG-21 as conveniently and as practical; and
    • developing and recommending an approach for enhanced linkages between ICES and PICES on non-indigenous aquatic species.

  5. Develop a comprehensive Non-Indigenous Aquatic Database.
  6. Establish a North Pacific Marine Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species taxonomy initiative.
  7. Publish an interim report in 2010 and a final report in 2012, summarizing results and recommendations.
Products
Annual Meetings

Reports

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Session and Workshop Summaries

PICES-2010
S12, Anthropogenic forcing in North Pacific coastal ecosystems: Understanding changes in ecosystem structure and function

2008 Annual Meeting
S8, Consequences of non-indigenous species introductions

2005 Annual Meeting
W2, Introduced species in the North Pacific

PICES Press

Winter 2012, Vol. 20, No. 1
Introduction to Rapid Assessment Survey methodologies for detecting non-indigenous marine species

Winter 2012, Vol. 20, No. 1
2011 PICES Rapid Assessment Survey

Winter 2011, Vol. 19, No. 1
PICES 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey

Winter 2011, Vol. 19, No. 1
PICES Workshop on “An introduction to Rapid Assessment Survey methodologies for application in developing countries"

PICES Scientific Reports
PICES Sci. Rep. No. 48, 2015
Report of Working Group 21 on Non-indigenous Aquatic Species
Other Publications

Atlas of Non-indigenous Marine and Estuarine Species in the North Pacific (TBA)

PICES/MAFF brochure, 2012

Other Products
PICES Nonindigenous Species Information System database
Members as of October 2013
Mr. Graham E. Gillespie
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Ms. Darlene Smith
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Dr. Thomas W. Therriault
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Prof. Hao Guo
National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center (NMEMC), SOA
Dalian, PR China
Mr. Rurong Lin
Third Institute of Oceanography, SOA
Xiame, PR China
Dr. Xuezheng Lin
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA
Qingdao, PR China
Dr. Lijun Wang
National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC), SOA
Dalian, PR China
Dr. Li Zheng
Marine Ecology Center
First Institute of Oceanography, SOA
Qingdao, PR China
Prof. Hiroshi Kawai
Research Center for Inland Seas
Kobe University
Kobe, Japan
Dr. Takeo Kurihara
Ariake Yatsuchiro Center
Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute, FRA
Nagasaki, Japan
Dr. Hajime Saito
Research Management Department, FRA
Yokohama, Japan
Dr. Keun-Hyung Choi
Ballast Water Center
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
Geoje, R Korea
Dr. Jung-Hoon Kang
South Sea Environment Research Division
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
Geoje, R Korea
Dr. Sangjin Lee
ex-officio member representing NOWPAP
Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) of UNEP
Busan, R Korea
Dr. Kyoungsoon Shin
Ballast Water Center
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
Geoje, R Korea
Dr. Evgenyi I. Barabanshchikov
Pacific Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (TINRO-Center)
Vladivostok, Russia
Dr. Nikolai V. Kolpakov
Pacific Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (TINRO-Center)
Vladivostok, Russia
Russia
Dr. Vasily Radashevsky
A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, FEB RAS
Vladivostok, Russia
Dr. Blake E. Feist
Conservation Biology Division
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), NMFS, NOAA
Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
Dr. Henry Lee II
Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch<
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Newport, OR, U.S.A.
Dr. Deborah Ann Reusser
Western Fisheries Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Newport, OR, U.S.A.
Dr. Mark D. Sytsma
Environmental Science and Resources, Aquatic Bioinvasion Research and Policy Institute
Portland State University
Portland, OR, U.S.A.