Each January, decision-makers and policy developers from governments and intergovernmental organizations that request ICES advice, along with Advisory Council representatives and stakeholders travel to our Headquarters in Copenhagen to gain a unique insight into our advice process.
Our advisory programme provides those in attendance with the most up-to-date information on issues such as bycatch, ecosystem advice, MSY advice, mixed fisheries, and working with commercially collected data & stakeholder information, while also discussing data quality control and advice quality assurance. The meetings, known as MIRIA and MIACO, also provides the opportunity to explore common challenges and address issues of concern.
New advisory plan
MIRIA and MIACO participants were presented with the recently launched ICES Advisory Plan. Mark Dickey-Collas, Chair of ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM), explained that, “The plan challenges us to maximize the use of our science and data to deliver more credible and transparent advice in an iterative partnership with clients and stakeholders".
the requesters and stakeholders highlighted the importance of ensuring the quality of the advice for the next few years. Fisheries
management especially has transitioned from emphasizing reductions in fishing mortality to
reaching targets for fishing and population status. Embedding new innovations and evolving the advice in response to the increasing complexity of marine
management was also seen as crucial.
New MoU with Iceland
The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Iceland and ICES was recognized at the meeting. Jóhann Guðmundsson, Director General of the Icelandic Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, stated that, “Iceland is very pleased with the MoU as it further formalizes our…commitment to ICES. The MoU will without doubt deepen the cooperation and relation between Iceland and ICES in the future."
"The MIRIA and MIACO meetings were very positive. ICES has been making it's advice process more and more clear to stakeholders, and in these meetings that was absolutely the case. I think there has also been made significant progress on the way ICES takes the stakeholders inputs and concerns into account, and last week's meetings were especially successful in generating an open dialogue on how that interaction can improve in the future."
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Participants at the Annual Meeting of ICES, Advisory Councils, and other Observers in Copenhagen.