Study Group: United Nations Decade of Ocean Science
Joint PICES Study Group / ICES Council Strategic Initiative to plan participation in the UN Decade of Ocean Science (ICES–PICES Ocean Decade)
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development provides an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the collaborative science between ICES and PICES and with other partner organizations. ICES and PICES are scientific organizations that interact and engage with an array of different groups, from academia, policy, civil society, industry, and foundations throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and through partnerships and specific agreements we are also increasing our presence in the Southern Hemisphere. Our two organizations play leading roles in advancing and communicating scientific understanding of marine ecosystems for societal outcomes. Our partnership brings together diverse networks to increase the overall capacity to conduct ocean science in support of sustainable development and to foster the range of skills necessary to support broad and overarching marine science goals. With the proposed ICES–PICES Ocean Decade, we will consolidate a strategic plan to bring about transformational science during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Ocean Decade; 2021-2030) by building upon our long history of successful partnerships in advancement of marine science.

An ad-hoc group of ICES and PICES scientists has been engaged since October 2019 in bilateral discussions on joint activities in support of the UN Ocean Decade (see Appendix A). The strategic plans and objectives of both organizations are well-aligned with UN Ocean Decade objectives, positioning ICES, PICES and their associated networks to play a leading role in addressing UN Ocean Decade priorities and societal outcomes. The purpose of the proposed ICES–PICES Ocean Decade is threefold: (a) to establish a common strategy for joint activities, and to provide regional leadership in support of the UN Ocean Decade; (b) to identify and strengthen relationships with partner professional and multilateral organizations to facilitate UN Ocean Decade engagement; and (c) to develop a UN Ocean Decade Programme for endorsement by the IOC. Our Programme proposal will support and leverage ICES, PICES, and member countries’ priorities and initiatives related to the UN Ocean Decade, by emphasizing areas of mutual research interest and policy needs, including climate change, fisheries and ecosystem-based management, social, ecological and environmental dynamics of marine systems, coastal communities and human dimensions, and communication and capacity development (Figure 1). The ICES–PICES Ocean Decade will also incorporate strategies to facilitate UN Ocean Decade cross-cutting inclusivity themes relating to gender equality, early career ocean professional engagement, and significant involvement of indigenous communities and developing nations in the planning and implementation of joint activities. Likewise, the ICES–PICES Ocean Decade will include a scoping exercise and dialogue with decision-makers and stakeholders.
Terms of Reference
  1. Define and describe the joint scientific activities of ICES, PICES and partner organizations that will contribute to UN Ocean Decade societal outcomes.
  2. Draft a strategy that prioritizes engagement with early career ocean professionals, indigenous communities, developing nations, and recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and gender equity in our activities.
  3. Identify and engage partner organizations to ensure their full participation in this process.
  4. Develop a UN Ocean Decade Programme2 proposal for endorsement by UNESCO-IOC, with new and existing partners, allowing for participation of additional partners throughout the Decade.
  5. Develop recommendations for new and existing ICES and PICES Expert Groups to implement and maintain the Programme activities, and also encourage and support expert group participation in all aspects of the UN Ocean Decade.
Members as of May 2022
Sanae Chiba
Deputy Executive Secretary
PICES Secretariat
9860 W. Saanich Rd., P.O. Box 6000
Sidney, BC
Canada V8L 4B2
Jennifer M. Jackson
Hakai Institute
100 -1002 Wharf St.
Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 1T4
Andrea White
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St., Mail Station 12S030
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1A 0E6
Mitsutaku Makino
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI)
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi
Chiba, Japan 277-8564
Hiroaki Saito
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha
Kashiwa, Chiba
Japan 277-8564
Sukyung Kang
Fisheries Resources Research Center
National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS)
2-17, Tongyeonghaean-ro,
Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Republic of Korea 53064
Hanna Na
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 08826
Yury I. Zuenko
Fisheries Oceanography
Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, Pacific branch (TINRO)
4 Shevchenko Alley
Vladivostok, Russia 690091
Steven J. Bograd
Environmental Research Division
99 Pacific St., Suite 255A
Monterey, CA
U.S.A. 93940
Emanuele Di Lorenzo
Program in Ocean Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Dr.
Atlanta, GA
U.S.A. 30332
Kirstin Kari Holsman
NOAA Fisheries
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg. 4
Seattle, WA
U.S.A. 98115
Erin Vera Satterthwaite
California Sea Grant & Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California,
San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr., U.S.A. 92093
Vera L. Trainer
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA
2725 Montlake Blvd. E
Seattle, WA
U.S.A. 98112
Final Report TBA