ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

Comparing ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere

ESSAS Featured Research: For many years ESSAS has supported a productive collaboration between the Norway’s Institute of Marine Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) in the U.S., and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Canada. Understanding the drivers of productivity in marine ecosystems continues to be a globally important issue.

Thus, one research theme has been the comparison of ecosystems through two ESSAS endorsed projects: Marine Ecosystem Comparisons Norway-US (MENU / led by Ken Drinkwater at IMR) and Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization (CAMEO / led by Jason Link and Bernard Megrey at NOAA Fisheries). Based on the results of two CAMEO workshops 10 new articles have recently been published online (12 July 2012) in Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) and are available at: This work entitled “Comparative Analysis of Marine Fisheries Production” is dedicated to Dr. Bernard Megrey, a strong supporter of ESSAS and one of principal organizers of the MENU/CAMEO workshops, who passed away suddenly in October of 2010.

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For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the ESSAS Co-chairs

Benjamin Planque
Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Naomi Harada
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
Kashiwa, Japan