Marine Environmental Quality Committee
  • Acronym: MEQ
  • Parent Committee: SB
  • Chair: Dr. Thomas W. Therriault <>
    Vice-Chair: Dr. Takafumi Yoshida <>
  • Mailing List
  • Past Chairs:
    Andrew RS Ross (acting Chair May. 2023 – Oct. 2023, Canada)
    Guangshui Na (Nov. 2018 – May. 2023, China)
    Chuanlin Huo (Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2018, China)
    Mitsutaku Makino (acting Chair Apr. 2012 – Oct. 2012, Japan)
    Steven Rumrill (Oct. 2009 – Apr. 2012, USA)
    Glen S. Jamieson (Oct. 2006 – Oct. 2009, Canada)
    John E. Stein (Oct. 2000 – Oct. 2006, USA)
    Alexander V. Tkalin (Oct. 1998 – Oct. 2000, Russia)
    Richard F. Addison (Dec. 1995 – Oct. 1998, Canada)
    Jia-Yi Zhou (Oct. 1992 – Nov. 1995, China)
  • Past Vice-Chairs:
    Andrew RS Ross (Nov. 2018 – Oct. 2023, Canada)
    Thomas Therriault (Oct. 2017 – Nov. 2018, Canada)
    Darlene Smith (Oct. 2012 – Jul. 2017, Canada)
    Mitsutaku Makino (Oct. 2009 – Oct. 2012, Japan)
    Hak-Gyoon Kim (Oct. 2006 – Oct. 2009, Korea)
    Hideaki Nakata (Oct. 2005 – Oct. 2006, Japan)
  • Action Plan
Key Tasks:
The MEQ Committee's area of responsibility is to promote and coordinate marine environmental quality and interdisciplinary research in the northern North Pacific. This would include understanding the sources and fates of contaminants found in the marine environment, the ecology of harmful algal blooms, marine environmental quality aspects of mariculture, and the transport and introduction of non-indigenous species and stocks.
  • Changes within S-HAB Membership (Korea): Dr. Minji Lee is a newly appointed S-HAB member.
    5/21/2024 1:04:09 PM PST
  • Changes within HAB-S Membership (Canada): Svetlana Esenkulova is a newly appointed member of the S-HAB.
    4/5/2024 2:22:19 PM PST
  • Changes within MEQ Committee Membership (Chair and Vice-Chair): Dr. Thomas Therriault (Canada) was elected as a new Chair of MEQ Committee replacing Dr. Andrew RS Ross (Canada) (acting Chair since May 2023 replacing Dr. Guangshui Na, China). Dr. Takafumi Yoshida (Japan) was elected as a new Vice-Chair of MEQ Committee replacing Dr. Andrew RS Ross.
    12/6/2023 10:04:19 AM PST
  • Changes within MEQ Committee Membership (USA): Dr. Matthew Savoca is a newly appointed member of MEQ Committee replacing Dr. Staci Simonich.
    10/13/2023 8:13:30 PM PST
  • Changes within HAB-S Membership (Canada): Dr. Andrea Locke stepped down as a member of HAB Section.
    7/28/2023 5:52:44 PM PST
Dr. Andrew RS Ross (HAB-S, MEQ)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Institute of Ocean Sciences
9860 W Saanich Rd.
Sidney, BC
Canada V8L 4B2
++1 250 363 6800
++1 250 363 6807
Dr. Peter S. Ross (MEQ, WG-42)
Coastal Ocean Research Institute
Pacific Science Enterprise Centre
4160 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
Canada V7V 1H2
1-604 659-3517
Dr. Thomas W. Therriault (AP-NIS, FUTURE-SSC, MEQ, SB)
MEQ Chair, AP-NIS Co-Chair
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T 6N7
(1-250) 756-7394
(1-250) 756-7138
Dr. Akihide Kasai (MEQ)
Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences
Hokkaido University
3-1-1 Minato-cho
Hakodate, Hokkaido
Japan 041-8611
Dr. Satoshi Nagai (AP-NIS, MEQ)
Coastal and Inland Fisheries Ecosystem Division
Fisheries Technology Institute, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Egency
2-12-4 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku,
Yokohama, JP14
Japan 236-8648
Dr. Takafumi Yoshida (HAB-S, MEQ)
MEQ Vice-Chair
5-5 Ushijima Shin-machi
Toyama, Japan 930-0856
(81-76) 445-1571
(81-76) 445-1581
Dr. Chuanlin Huo (MEQ)
Department of Planning and Management
National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center, MEE
42, Linghe Street, Shahekou District
Dalian, Liaoning
People's Republic of China 116023
Dr. Chunhou Li (MEQ)
South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
231 West Xingang Rd., Haizhu District
Guangzhou, Guangdong
People's Republic of China 510300
(86-20) 8910 8353
(86-20) 8445 1442
Prof. Tae-Hoon Kim (MEQ)
Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Chonnam National University (JNU) 77
Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Republic of Korea 61186
(82-62) 530-3472
(82-62) 530-3469
Prof. Dong-Hun Lee (MEQ)
College of Environmental and Marine Science and Technology
Pukyong National University
45 Yongso-ro, Nam-gu
Busan, Republic of Korea 48513
Dr. Jeong Hee Shim (CC-S, MEQ)
Ocean Climate and Ecology Research Division
216, Gijanghaean-ro
Gijang-gun, Busan
Republic of Korea 46083
(82-51) 720-2221
(82-51) 720-2266
Dr. Tatyana A. Belan (MEQ)
Department of Oceanography and Marine Ecology
Far Eastern Regional Hyrdometeorological Research Institute (FERHRI)
24 Fontannaya St.
Vladivostok, Primorsky Kray
Russia 690091
(7-4232) 431-487
(7-4232) 434-054
Dr. Elena Maximovna Latkovskaya (MEQ)
Environment Studies and Human Impact Monitoring
Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (SakhNIRO)
196 Komsomolskaya St.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia 693023
(7-4242) 456-766
(7-4242) 456-778
Dr. Misty Peacock (HAB-S, MEQ)
Salish Sea Research Center
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Rd.
Bellingham, WA
U.S.A. 98226
Dr. Matthew Savoca (AP-ECOP, MEQ, WG-42)
Department of Oceans, Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University
120 Ocean View Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA
U.S.A. 93950
Active Groups

WG 42: Working Group on Indicators of Marine Plastic Pollution
(PICES-2018 - PICES-2023)

S-HAB: Section on Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms in the North Pacific
(PICES-2003 - PICES-2025)

AP-NIS: Advisory Panel on Marine Non-indigenous Species
(June 2016 - )

Disbanded Groups

WG 30: Working Group on Assessment of Marine Environmental Quality of Radiation around the North Pacific
(Aug. 2013 - PICES-2017)

WG 31: Working Group on Emerging Topics in Marine Pollution
(Jan. 2014 - PICES-2017)

WG 28: Working Group on Development of Ecosystem Indicators to Characterize Ecosystem Responses to Multiple Stressors
(Jun. 2011 - PICES-2015) (also reports to BIO)

WG 21: Working Group on Aquatic Non-indigenous Species
(PICES-2005 - PICES-2013)

SG-MP: Study Group on Marine Pollutants
(PICES-2011 - Dec. 2013)

WG 24: Working Group on Environmental Interactions of Marine Aquaculture
(PICES-2008 - PICES-2012) (also reported to FIS)

WG 19: Working Group on Ecosystem-Based Management Science and its Application to the North Pacific
(PICES-2004 - PICES-2009) (also reported to FIS)

WG 18: Working Group on Mariculture in the 21st Century - The Intersection between Ecology, Socio-Economics and Production
(PICES-2003 - PICES-2006) (also reported to FIS)

SG-EBM: Study Group on Ecosystem-Based Management Science and its Application to the North Pacific
(PICES-2003 - PICES-2004) (Also reported to FIS)

WG 15: Working Group on Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the North Pacific
(PICES-1999 - PICES-2003)

WG 8: Working Group on Practical Assessment Methodology
(PICES-1994 - PICES-2000)

WG 2: Working Group on Development of Common Assessment Methodology for Marine Pollution
(PICES-1992 - PICES-1994)

Annual Meetings


2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

Session and Workshop Summaries


Related Materials

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 53, 2017
Conditions Promoting Extreme Pseudo-nitzschia Events in the Eastern Pacific but not the Western Pacific

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 48, 2014
Report of Working Group 21 on Non-indigenous Aquatic Species

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 47, 2014
Proceedings of the Workshop on Economic Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms on Fisheries and Aquaculture

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 46, 2014
Report of the Study Group on Marine Pollutants

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 44, 2013
Report of Working Group 24 on Environmental Interactions of Marine Aquaculture

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 37, 2010
Report of Working Group 19 on Ecosystem-based Management Science and its Application to the North Pacific

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 36, 2009
Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on the Okhotsk Sea and Adjacent Areas

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 33, 2006
Report of the PICES/NPRB Workshop on Integration of Ecological Indicators of the North Pacific with Emphasis on the Bering Sea

PICES Sci. Rep. No. 22, 2002
PICES Science: The First Ten Years and a Look to the Future