Working Group 39: Joint PICES/ICES/PAME Working Group on an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment for the Central Arctic Ocean
Background:

At PICES-2016, the ICES President requested that PICES join an existing ICES/PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment) Working Group on an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment for the Central Arctic Ocean. This request was approved by Governing Council (Decision 2016/S/5). Preparing an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) for the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) is a step needed to provide scientific advice on issues such as the prospect for future fisheries in the Arctic Ocean and sensitivity and vulnerability in relation to shipping activities. The working group also aims to improve the understanding of climate and ecosystem variability of the North Atlantic as well as in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska in the North Pacific.

WG 39 will consider approaches and methodologies for the IEA in the Central Arctic Ocean. For this purpose it will collect the relevant data and carry out analyses. Moreover, core research areas will be identified and outline of the CAO ecosystem will be developed.

Terms of Reference
Revised TOR approved in July 2020

  1. Review and consider approaches and methodologies for conducting an IEA of the CAO ecosystem;
  2. Review and report on ongoing and recent changes and events in the CAO ecosystem associated with changes such as in sea ice, oceanographic circulation, and hydrographic properties;
  3. Continue to examine the effects of climate change on the CAO ecosystem by compiling and reviewing information on changes in response to the ongoing ‘Great melt’, and assess likely consequences to the CAO ecosystem of projected future changes associated with further loss of sea ice and other climate-related changes (i.e., a climate impact assessment);
  4. Assess the consequences of recent and ongoing climatic and oceanographic changes on transport pathways (physical and biological) and potential effects of contaminants in the CAO ecosystem;
  5. Review and report on new studies on fish as well as other biological components of the CAO ecosystem;
  6. Continue to identify priority research needs and monitor how identified knowledge gaps (needed to improve IEA and management effectiveness) are being addressed and filled;
  7. Prepare an Ecosystem Overview for the CAO ecosystem.
Products
Annual Meetings

Reports

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Session and Workshop Summaries

PICES-2020:
VW4, How does the Pacific Arctic gateway affect the marine system in the Central Arctic Ocean

PICES-2019:
W7, PICES contribution to Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) ecosystem assessment (Third)

PICES-2018:
W2, PICES contribution to Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) ecosystem assessment (Second)

PICES Press

Summer 2018, Vol. 26, No. 2
Activities of the joint PICES/ICES/PAME Working Group on an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment for the Central Arctic Ocean

Reports
2020 ICES/PICES/PAME Working Group on Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) for the Central Arctic Ocean (WGICA). ICES Scientific Reports. 2:79. 144 pp. https://doi.org/10.17895/ices.pub.8007

2019 Report of the Working Group for Integrated Eco-system Assessment of the Central Arctic Ocean (WGICA).
Output from 2019 meeting. VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 33

2019 Interim Report of the ICES/PICES/PAME Working Group for Integrated Eco-system Assessment of the Central Arctic Ocean (WGICA).
WGICA 2019 Interim REPORT. 8-10 May 2019. Sapporo, Japan. ICES CM 2019/IEASG:11. 18 pp

2019 Meeting report of WG 39 4th Meeting, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, May 8–10, 2019

2018 Interim Report of the Working Group for Integrated Eco-system Assessment of the Central Arctic Ocean (WGICA). 24-26 April 2018. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
WGICA 2018 Interim REPORT. ICES CM 2018/IEASG:11. 12 pp.

2017 Interim Report of the ICES/PICES/PAME Working Group on Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) for the Central Arctic Ocean (WGICA)
Related Materials

PICES-2019: S8, Creating more effective Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) in PICES countries
Baker (2016): ICES, PICES and the Arctic Council Task Force on Marine Cooperation
Van Pelt et al (2017): The missing middle: Central Arctic Ocean gaps in fishery research and coordination

Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean (FiSCAO):

First Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean, FiSCAO
Second Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean, FiSCAO
Third Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean, FiSCAO
Fourth Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean, 4th FiSCAO
Fifth Meeting of Scientific Experts on Fish Stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean, 5th FiSCAO October 24-26, 2017; Ottawa, Canada:

News
Members
Dr. Fujio Ohnishi (WG-39)
Arctic Research Center
Hokkaido University
Kita-21 Nishi-11 Kita-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido
Japan 001-0021
+81-11-706-9074
+81-11-706-9582
fujio.ohnishi@arc.hokudai.ac.jp
Prof. Sei-Ichi Saitoh (WG-39)
WG-39 PICES Co-Chair
Arctic Research Center
Hokkaido University
N21W11 Kita-Ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido
Japan 001-0021
(81-11) 706-9073
(81-138) 43-5015
ssaitoh@salmon.fish.hokudai.ac.jp
Dr. Zhongyong Gao (CC-S, WG-39, WG-44)
Key Laboratory of Global Change and Marine-Atmospheric Chemistry
Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR
178 Daxue Rd., Siming District
Xiamen, Fujian
People's Republic of China 361005
(86-592) 219 5121
(86-592) 219 5982
GAO@tio.org.cn
Dr. Guangshui Na (MEQ, SB, WG-35, WG-39)
MEQ Chair
Marine Chemistry
National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center (NMEMC), MEE
42 Linghe St., Shahekou District
Dalian, Liaoning
People's Republic of China 116023
(86-411) 8478-2702
(86-411) 8478-3277
gsna2010@163.com
Dr. Fang Zhang (WG-39)
Biological Department
Polar Research Institute of China
451 Jinqiao Rd., Pudong District
Shanghai, People's Republic of China 200136
(86-21) 5871 7635
zhangfang@pric.org.cn
Dr. Hyoung Chul Shin (WG-39)
Division of Polar Ocean Sciences
Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)
26 Songdomirae-ro, Yeonsu-gu
Incheon, Republic of Korea 21990
(82-32) 760-5520
(82-32) 760-5399
hcshin@kopri.re.kr