Introduction : ICES Symposium on 'The Influence of Climate Change on North Atlantic Fish Stocks', May 2004

Drinkwater, Kenneth F. and Loeng, Harald and Megrey, Bernard A. and Bailey, Nick and Cook, Robin M. (2005) Introduction : ICES Symposium on 'The Influence of Climate Change on North Atlantic Fish Stocks', May 2004. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 62 (7). pp. 1203-1204. ISSN 1054-3139

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Abstract

An ICES Symposium on The Influence of Climate Change on North Atlantic Fish Stocks was held in Bergen, Norway, from 11 to 14 May 2004. The Symposium, sponsored by the ICES/GLOBEC Working Group on Cod and Climate Change (WGCCC) as part of their synthesis activities, was convened to address the issue of climate variability and its impact on cod and other fish stocks in the North Atlantic. It followed 11 years after the first WGCCC-sponsored ICES Symposium on Cod and Climate (ICES, 1994) in Reykjavík, Iceland, which was convened to gather together the then current knowledge of the influence of climate variability on cod. The 2004 Symposium was timely because of the recent declines and collapses of some important commercial fish stocks in the North Atlantic, declines in which environmental influences are believed to have played a role. In addition, there has been growing concern about the effects of anthropogenically induced climate change on fish populations, especially in light of the general warming throughout the North Atlantic during the later 1990s (see Turrell et al., 2003) and into the present decade.