Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic

ICES to host first webinar on understanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on fisheries, markets, communities, and management.

Join us on 16 September 16:00 CEST.
Published: 15 September 2020

​​​The ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that there are less opportunities to engage with ICES community, especially if you are outside of it. 

With most physical conferences cancelled or postponed, the scientific community has moved the discussion online and webinars have become a place to share science. 

Anne Christine Brusendorff, ICES General Secretary, is excited that the organization is moving into online events. "This webinar offers a great opportunity for ICES to present the remit of our work to a broader audience, and hopefully stir interest to participate in our activities in the future." 

ICES first webinar is reflective of the times we are living in: looking at how the pandemic has impacted on fisheries, markets, communities, and management, so far - and discuss what lessons we have learned broadly as a global community and what types of strategies are necessary to mitigate the impacts of similar future events.

“ICES has wholeheartedly recognized the need for economists and other social scientists to help understand how people use marine and coastal resources,” says Alan Haynie, the Chair of ICES Strategic Initiative on the Human Dimension (SIHD), and an economist at NOA​A Fisheries​ Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, USA. “The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the value of good social and economic data and analysis that helps governments and managers provided targeted assistance to help those most impacted by the crisis. This research also has informed managers of complexities of fisheries, coastal communities, and seafood markets that will help policy makers and scientists build more resilient systems for future crises and changes.”

There will be four presenations, exploring socioeconomic work in ICES, and opportunities for the future (Alan Haynie, USA), a fisheries socioeconomic analysis and COVID-19, the US experience (Doug Lipton, USA), the impact of COVID-19 on the European small-scale fisheries industry (Cristina Pita, Portugal), and an assessment framework for understanding the impact of COVID-19 on fisheries​ (Marloes Kraan, the Netherlands).

Brusendorff ​hopes this will be the first in a series of events that make ICES work even more accesible to the wider marine science community. "Based on our experience and feedback we are going to explore the use of webinars in the future. We are excited to meet you online and look forward to your active participation."

Join us on 16 September 16:00 CEST.

Register for ICES reflections: Understanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on fisheries, markets, communities, and managemen​​t.

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