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Intersessional Subgroups

What is the role of the ISSGs?

Regional cooperation is meant to improve the efficiency of data collection through sharing of expertise, data, best practices, knowledge and collaborative tasks. The RCGs bring together several Member States to coordinate planning and implementation of data collection .Their workplan across the year, from one round of the annual technical meetings to the next, is supported with the setup of the Intersessional Subgroups.

In these subgroups the experts concentrate on specific Thematic Focus Areas, and sometimes they are pan-regional. During the relevant RCG’s technical meetings, the different ISSGs present progress and hurdles encountered across the period and propose the update of their Terms of Reference with the tasks and targets for the new intersessional period for approval. The work performed by ISSG is essential for RCG technical meeting preparation and meeting discussions

Some of the RCGs refer to the ISSGs as Working Groups, their general purpose is the same, although there may be slight differences on their procedures to adapt to the dynamics of the RCGs to which they are more directly related.

Intersessional subgroups (ISSGs)

RCG Overviews

The intersessional subgroup on RDB catch, effort and sampling overviews was established to streamline and facilitate the work on the fisheries and sampling data of the MS and prepare data overviews in advance of the RCG meetings. Before the subgroup was set up, the different RCG conducted data analysis and overviews separately with minimal exchange, resulting in redundancies and efficiency loss. Furthermore, a substantial part of the work was being carried out during the RCG meetings themselves and so not readily available to inform RCG preparation and meeting discussions.

The tasks and output from the subgroup fall into 2 main types of work

i) To develop tools for internal RCG work and

ii) Preparatory work for decision making, including input for regional work plans.

At present, three different documents are being developed utilizing RDB data:

  1. Catch and Effort Annual Overview
  2. Catch and Effort Multiannual Overview
  3. Sampling Overvies

 

Chairs: Ana Claudia Fernandez, Lucía Zarauz 

Involved RCG: RCG NANSEA, RCG Baltic, RCG LDF

Latest report:

 

Metier and transversal variable issues issues.

  • Topic: Data Analysis and Quality
  • Related to ToR 2
  • Panregional

Data Quality.

  • Topic: Data Analysis and Quality
  • Related to ToR 2
  • Panregional

Electronic Monitoring Technologies.

  • Topic: Data Analysis and Quality
  • Related to ToR 2
  • Panregional

ICES Working Group on Governance of the Regional Database & Estimation System.

  • Topic: Regional Database
  • Related to ToR 2
  • Panregional

RDB Core group.

  • Topic: Regional Database
  • Related to ToR 2
  • Panregional

Implications of the Landing Obligation.

  • Topic: Implication of management measures on data collection
  • Related to ToR 3
  • NA

Diadromous Fishes.

  • Topic: Diadromous Fishes
  • Related to ToR 4
  • Panregional

Surveys.

  • Topic: Surveys
  • Related to ToR 4
  • Panregional

Optimized and Operational Regional Sampling Plans.

  • Topic: Regional Sampling Plans
  • Related to ToR 4
  • Panregional