Working Group 36: Common Ecosystem Reference Points across PICES Member Countries
Terms of Reference
  1. Outline each country’s mission, goals, and governmental science plans that point to the establishment of reference points across PICES member nations, and identify those that are comparable. (Intersessional / Yr1)
  2. Summarize previous efforts identifying data availability for geographic areas and time periods of particularly strong climate influence and dependence on marine systems within specific North Pacific ecosystems, fish stocks, and fishing communities. This will build upon indicators identified via WG-19, WG-28, S-HD and WG-35 (NPESR-3). Determine a subset (or not) of ecosystems and indicators that will be the focus of WG activities. (Intersessional / Yr 1)
  3. Summarize and select previous methods for determining thresholds (both non-linear and societal limits) in ecosystem indicators. This would include statistical and objective-based approaches (Intersessional / Yr 1)
  4. Determine shapes or functional forms of driver - response relationships from available datasets, and quantify thresholds to identify potential ecosystem reference points. (Yr 2)
  5. Identify ecosystem components that respond earliest to changes in biophysical drivers and could potentially serve as leading indicators of loss of resilience and ecosystem change. (Yr 3)
  6. Develop a “heuristic model” to examine drivers (climate forcing, fishing) and ecosystem response using selected ecosystem reference points for member nations. (Yr 3)
  7. Publish final report.
Annual Meetings



Session and Workshop Summaries

S3, Below and beyond maximum sustainable yield: Ecosystem reference points


Summer 2018, Vol. 26, No. 2
ECCWO-4 Workshop on Quantifying thresholds in driver-response relationships to identify reference points

Dr. Jennifer L. Boldt (MONITOR, SB, WG-36)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T 6N7
(1-250) 756-7110
Dr. Yanbin Gu (WG-36)
Ecological Labs
National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center (NMEMC), SOA
42 Linghe St., Shahekou District
Dalian, Liaoning
China, PR 116023
(86-411) 8478 3455
(86-411) 8478-3560
Dr. Xiujuan Shan (S-CCME, WG-36)
WG-36 Co-Chair
Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
106 Nanjing Rd., Shinan District
Qingdao, Shandong
China, PR 266071
Dr. Robert Blasiak (WG-36)
Laboratory of Global Fisheries Science
The University of Tokyo
1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, Japan 113-8657
(81-3) 5841-5018
(81-3) 5841-5018
Dr. Mitsutaku Makino (FUTURE-SSC, HD, WG-36)
HD Vice-Chair
Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA)
2-12-4 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa
Japan 236-8648
(81-45) 788-7655
(81-45) 788-7655
Dr. Kazumi Wakita (WG-36)
School of Marine Science and Technology
Tokai University
3-20-1 Orido, Shimizu-ku
Shizuoka, Japan 424-8610
81-54-334-0411 (ex. 2282)
Prof. Jongseong Ryu (HD, WG-36)
Department of Marine Biotechnology
Anyang University (Ganghwa campus)
602-14, Jungang-no, Bureun-myeon, Ganghwa-gun
Incheon, Korea, R 23038
(82-32) 930-6033
(82-32) 930-6215
Dr. Sangchoul Yi (WG-36)
Common Ecosystem Reference Points across PICES Member Countries
Korea Maritime Institute (KMI)
26, Haeyang-ro 301beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu
Busan, Korea, R 49111
(82-51) 797-4576
(82-51) 797-4539
Dr. Vladimir V. Kulik (MONITOR, WG-35, WG-36, WG-40)
Laboratory for Fishing statistics and databases
Pacific Scientific Research Fisheries Center (TINRO-Center)
4 Shevchenko Alley
Vladivostok, Primorsky Kray
Russia 690091
(7-999) 057-99-69
Dr. Elliott Lee Hazen (S-MBM, WG-36)
Environmental Research Division
Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), NMFS, NOAA
99 Pacific St., Suite 255A
Monterey, CA
U.S.A. 93940
Dr. Mary Hunsicker (WG-36)
WG-36 Co-Chair
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), NMFS, NOAA
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2032 S. OSU Dr.
Newport, OR
U.S.A. 97365
(1-541) 867-0502