International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
"ICES is the organisation that coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic. This includes adjacent seas such as the Baltic Sea and North Sea. For more background information see our Convention.
We act as a meeting point for a community of more than 1600 marine scientists from 19 countries around the North Atlantic.
Scientists working through ICES gather information about the marine ecosystem. As well as filling gaps in existing knowledge, this information is also developed into unbiased, non-political advice.
Our advice is then used by the 19 member countries, which fund and support ICES, to help them manage the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas."