Working Group 34: Joint PICES / ISC Working Group on Ocean Conditions and the Distribution and Productivity of Highly Migratory Fish
Statement of Purpose:

The proposed Joint Working Group will collaborate on deriving habitat models relating albacore tuna distributions to oceanographic conditions. Albacore tuna is the most temperate highly migratory species and much of its range overlaps the PICES domain. In addition, the stock is considered healthy and capable of supporting current exploitation thus environmentally-driven distribution and productivity changes should be more easily discernible from signals related to direct human impacts (fishing). The proposed Joint Working Group will also investigate mechanisms regulating albacore productivity by relating large-scale climate indices that describe North Pacific Ocean states to albacore tuna recruitment indices and demographic parameters.

Terms of Reference
  1. Promote research between PICES and ISC communities directed at understanding oceanographic conditions that provide suitable habitat for large, highly migratory pelagic fishes (specifically albacore tuna) in the North Pacific Ocean;
  2. Facilitate communication, regular exchange of information and organization of meetings to discuss and publish data, methodologies and results of research outlined above;
  3. Identify relevant environmental and distribution data sets for derivation of habitat models for albacore tuna, and if available for other key large pelagic fish species. Use these data to develop habitat models (and quantify model uncertainty), that identify oceanographic conditions that drive distribution of albacore tuna and predict fishery CPUE ‘hot spots’;
  4. Identify relevant climate indices, demographic parameters and recruitment indices for investigation of climate driven variability in ocean state and productivity of albacore tuna, and if available for other key large pelagic fish species. Use these data to investigate linkages between large-scale climate indices and fish productivity.
  5. Hold three workshops, one each year of the duration of the Working Group: with the first and third workshops held in conjunction with the PICES Annual Meeting (PICES-2016, USA and PICES-2018, Japan), and the second workshop held in conjunction with the ISC Plenary Meeting (July 2017, location TBD). Reports of these workshops will be jointly published by PICES and the ISC;
  6. Produce peer-reviewed publications of scientific results;
  7. Publish a final report summarizing the results of the WG as a PICES Scientific Report.
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Members
Dr. Carrie A. Holt (WG-34)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T6N7
(1-250) 756-7136
Carrie.Holt@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Prof. Siqing Chen (WG-34)
WG-34 Co-Chair (PICES)
Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
106 Nanjing Rd., Shinan District
Qingdao, Shandong
China, PR 266071
(86-532) 85803375
(86-532) 85803375
chensq@ysfri.ac.cn
Dr. Zuozhi Chen (WG-34)
Fishery Resources Division
South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
231 Xingang Rd. West, Haizhu District
Guangzhou, Guangdong
China, PR 510300
(86-20) 89108007
(86-20) 84451442
zzchen2000@163.com
Dr. Heng Zhang (WG-34)
East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
300 Jungong Rd., Yangpu District
Shanghai, China, PR 200090
(86-21) 65682395
(86-21) 65680117
zhangziqian0601@163.com
Prof. Ping Zhuang (BIO, WG-34)
East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
300 Jungong Rd., Yangpu District
Shanghai, China, PR 200090
(86-21) 65807868
(86-21) 65807868
pzhuang@ecsf.ac.cn
Dr. Shingo Kimura (WG-34)
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha
Chiba, Japan 277-8564
(81-4) 7136-6277
(81-4) 7136-6278
s-kimura@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Dr. Youjung Kwon (WG-34)
National Institute of Fisheries Science
Distant Water Fisheries Resources Division
216, Gijang-Haeanro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun
Busan, Korea, R 46083
(82-51) 720 2332
kwonuj@korea.kr
Dr. Sung-Il Lee (WG-34)
National Institute of Fisheries Science
Distant Water Fisheries Resources Division
216, Gijang-Haeanro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun
Busan, Korea, R 46083
(82-51) 720 2330
k.sungillee@gmail.com