Working Group 3: Dynamics of small pelagics in coastal ecosystems
  • Acronym: WG 3
  • Parent Committee: FIS
  • Term: Oct.1992 - Oct. 1995
  • Co-Chairs:
    John R. Hunter (USA)
    Tokio Wada (Japan)
Terms of Reference
  1. Develop a program for a comparative study of the population dynamics and productivity of small pelagics (focusing on herring, sardine, anchovy and mackerel) in the coastal ecosystems along the western and eastern continental margins of the North Pacific;
  2. Review the present state of knowledge, identify the key scientific questions and hypotheses that could be tested, including environmental effects on fish production and ecosystem structure;
  3. Identify who is working in this field, and what data are available for retrospective anajlyese;
  4. Determine which member countries would be willing to participate in a coastal ecosystems program.
Additional Tasks at PICES II with being renamed as Coastal Pelagic Fish:

  • Compile an inventory of scientists working on key pelagic fishes in various geographic areas of the region;
  • Assemble information on western and eastern Pacific pelagic fish stocks from all sources with a view to completing an inventory and summary of these data by PICES III;
  • Plan a pan-Pacific comparison of life table differences and recruitment based on these data;
  • Begin planning a comparative trophodynamic model study of coastal ecosystems around the Pacific rim, to understand how these important systems support pelagic fish biomass, and how changes in oceanic conditions may lead to changes in species dominance and abundance.
Annual Meetings


1995, 1994, 1993

PICES Scientific Report
PICES Sci. Rep. No. 1, 1993
Part 1: Coastal Pelagic Fishes
Douglas E. Hay
Ocean Environment and Fisheries Section
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Road,
Nanaimo, B.C.,
Canada. V9R 5K6
Ian Perry
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC,
V9T 6N7 Canada
Ichiro Hara
Resources Management Division
Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute
Japan. 850
Yasunori Sakurai
Faculty of Fisheries
Hokkaido University
3-1-1 Minato-machi,
Hakodate, Hokkaido,
Japan. 041
Tokio Wada
Pelagic Fish Section
Resources Management Division
Hokkaido National Fisheries Research Institute
116 Katsurakoi,
Kushiro, Hokkaido,
Japan. 085
Yoshiro Watanabe
Early Life Ecology Section
Marine Bioecology Division
National Research Institute of Fisheries Science
2-12-4 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku,
Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken,
Japan. 236
Qi-Sheng Tang
Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute
Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences
19 Laiyang Road,
Qingdao, Shandong,
PR China. 266003
John R. Hunter
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
P.O. Box 271,
La Jolla, CA 92037
Brenda Norcross
Institute of Marine Science
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, AK 99775-1080
Richard H. Parrish
National Marine Fisheries ServiceMonterey,
Vidar G. Wespestad
Resource Ecology and Fishery Management
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
7600 Sand Point Way NE,
Seattle, WA 98115-0070