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The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, an independent scientific advisory body founded in 1902. It encourages research into commercial fish stocks, their biology and all factors (natural and man made) that may affect their abundance. It does not undertake research in its own right but has a secretariat in Copenhagen to facilitate and co-ordinate collaboration, including fishery stock assessments, between Member States. Work is carried out through numerous working groups convened under the remit of one or more standing committees
Inshore Fisheries Group. A proposed management group formed to be responsible for developing specific management plans to meet the needs of their local fisheries. 12 Inshore Fisheries Groups have been proposed for inshore waters around Scotland.