The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) 2017 Annual Meeting on ‘Environmental Changes in the North Pacific and Impacts on Biological Resources and Ecosystem Services’ will be held between September 22 and October 1, 2017, in Vladivostok, Russia. The Meeting intends to address how understanding and forecasting ecosystem changes for marine systems in the North Pacific can inform management and policy decisions.
Nereus Program Fellow Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Centre, University of Tokyo) will be the plenary speaker at Session 3: ‘Below and beyond maximum sustainable yield: Ecosystem reference points,’ which will take place on Tuesday, September 26 from 10:50am to 12:40pm. His talk is titled ‘Towards common ecosystem reference points for North Pacific ecosystems.’
Sustainable management of marine resources is a particular challenge in the North Pacific, due among other things to high levels of climate variability, diverse ecosystems, and varying assessment methodologies. Identifying a number of common ecosystem reference points that can be applied to ecosystems in the North Pacific could provide a stronger basis for productive communication and cooperation on the management of marine resources. This talk will focus on examples of ecosystem reference points being used by member nations as well as relevant indicators identified by PICES working groups. Existing commonalities and differences will be considered, as well as the general or specific applicability of such indicators to ecosystems in the North Pacific.