Latvia to host marine science conference

THE International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) will hold its Annual Science Conference (ASC) in the Latvian capital for the first time.
The flagship event, from September 19–23 in the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, in the centre of Riga, welcomes more than 600 people from around the world, including scientists, policy makers, organisation representatives, and students.
The programme covers the latest in marine research, from the role of zooplankton to marine resource management, Arctic ecosystem services, maritime spatial planning, and integrated ecosystems assessments.
Georgs Kornilovs and Normunds Riekstins, Latvia’s delegates to ICES, issued a statement saying: ‘For Latvian fisheries biologists, ICES has always been a significant platform to promote good cooperation with scientists of other countries, to ensure coordination of research surveys, to contribute to data collection and the development of regional databases, as well as providing training for new scientists.’
ICES general secretary Anne Christine Brusendorff said: ‘The ASC provides an important venue to meet and discuss with fellow experts – both from within the community, and with newcomers.
‘It provides an opportunity to cover the whole plethora of activities related to a specific theme, from additional research, and data needs, to the provision of best available scientific advice.’
The ASC opening ceremony is on Monday, September 19, at 1pm.  Fritz Köster of the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at Denmark’s Technical University (DTU-Aqua) will give a lecture on understanding the processes behind fish stock dynamics.