EcoQO for seabird populations in OSPAR regions II and III
ICES collated and analysed the data for the EcoQO indicator on breeding seabird population trends in OSPAR regions II and III. A first assessment has been made for Region II. ICES estimates that the proposed EcoQO indicator was not achieved in 1991–1993, 2004, 2006, and 2008–2010. ICES advises that additional effort is required to collect and include additional breeding seabird data for this region, both for species already included in the EcoQO indicator and for several other species (Northern fulmar, Northern gannet, great skua, and Atlantic puffin). ICES advises that the trend analyses for Region II should not be limited to one method (e.g. TRIM); ideally several methods should be employed, including those used for Region III. For Region III, ICES estimates that the proposed EcoQO indicator was not achieved in 1986, 1989–1992, and in consecutive years during 2002–2010, with an increasing number of species failing to meet the target. ICES advises that special attention is given to a number of species such as Northern fulmar, Arctic skua, European shag, herring gull, black-legged kittiwake, and roseate tern.
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