ICES Advice

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) carries out assessments for the main stocks of cod, herring, sprat, salmon, sea trout and flatfish stocks. The latest stock trends and forecasts of the Baltic fish stocks are described in the ICES Advice –web pages.

While the population structure for major commercial fish (cod, herring, sprat and salmon) is relatively well studied and distinct stocks identified, there is very little information available for fish which are managed at national levels. Unfortunately, information on genetic population structure for most fish species is still lacking in the Baltic Sea (and this hampers biologically sustainable use of the Baltic fish communities).