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Staff Participate in the PICES 2015 Annual Meeting

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Status of Stocks and Multispecies Assessment (SSMA) program staff Anne Hollowed, Sandi Neidetcher, and Libby Logerwell participated in the PICES 2015 Annual Meeting, held 14-25 October 2015 in Qingdao, China. The theme of the meeting was “Change and Sustainability of the North Pacific.”  The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) is an intergovernmental scientific organization established in 1992, which promotes and coordinates marine research in the North Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas. Currently, PICES members include Canada, Japan, Peoples’ Republic of China, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States.

Anne Hollowed co-convened the Topic Session “Past, present, and future climate in the North Pacific Ocean: Updates of our understanding since IPCC AR5.” The objective of the session was to update our understanding since IPCC AR5 on the past, present, and future climate for the North Pacific Ocean and its marine ecosystems, focusing particularly on climatic change in ecosystem-relevant upper ocean and atmospheric variables.  A summary of the presentations given will be available on the PICES website. Anne gave an oral presentation in this Session on “S-CCME’s international coordinated research program to project climate change impacts on fish and fisheries by 2019.” She also gave an oral presentation on “Preliminary observations of the impact of the BLOB on the summer distribution of marine fish in the Gulf of Alaska” in the Topic Session on “The 2014/15 El Niño and anomalous warming of the North Pacific: What happened? ” She co-chaired a meeting of the Section on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems (S-CCME). S-CCME is a joint expert group with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Strategic Initiative on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems. Finally, Anne was honored with the prestigious  Wooster Award. The award is named in honor of Professor Warren S. Wooster, a principal founder and the first Chairman of PICES, and a world-renowned researcher and statesman in the area of climate variability and fisheries production. The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science, such as understanding and predicting the role of human and climate interactions on marine ecosystem production.

Sandi Neidetcher gave an oral presentation on “Image-analysis software applied to assess spatial and temporal variability of fecundity in walleye pollock, Gadus chalcogrammus” in the Fisheries Science (FIS) Paper Session. In addition, she and John Field (Soutwest Fisheries Science Center) prepared a proposal for a Topic Session at PICES 2016 on “Climate variability, climate change and the reproductive ecology of marine populations.” The Topic Session was approved by the PICES Science Board and Governing Council.

Libby Logerwell served as chair of the Fishery Science Committee (FIS). FIS’s area of responsibility is to promote and coordinate fisheries science and interdisciplinary research in the northern North Pacific Ocean. This would include biology and ecology of living resources, particularly those that are subject to harvest or have the potential to be harvested. Libby also convened the FIS Contributed Paper Session. This session invited papers addressing general topics in fishery science and fisheries oceanography in the North Pacific and its marginal seas, except those covered by Topic Sessions sponsored by FIS. The session consisted of 10 oral presentations and 28 posters that covered a wide variety of species and topics from all six PICES member countries. A summary of the presentations given will be available on the PICES website. Libby also gave an oral presentation in the FIS Paper Session on “Environmental drivers of benthic fish distribution in and around Barrow canyon in the northeastern Chukchi Sea and western Beaufort Sea.”

By Libby Logerwell


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