The Symposium on The Ecosystem of the Flemish Cap was held in Holiday Inn Harbourview in
during 8-10 September 2004. The purpose of this Symposium was to better understand the ecosystem of the Flemish Cap and its evolution, particularly addressing the topics: Oceanography of the Flemish Cap, including description of any trend, the interactions between species and their environment, and oceanographic linkages with other areas ; General biology of species on the Flemish Cap, including comparisons with other nearby populations ; the isolation of the Flemish Cap or its connection to surrounding areas including studies on tagging, genetics, parasites, and similarity in timing of events; the development of fisheries for species on the Flemish Cap and their effects on the whole ecosystem; ecology of communities on the Flemish Cap, including studies on niche overlap, species assemblage, trophic linkage and their dependence from environmental conditions; comparative results from other partially isolated oceanic areas.
The Chair of Scientific Council opened the meeting by welcoming participants and explaining the role of Scientific Council. She noted that it was a unique situation to have the Chair and Vice-Chair of Scientific Council as co-conveners of the same Symposium. The Vice-Chair of Scientific Council also welcomed participants and introduced the work plan and objectives.
The Symposium was organized into five sessions: The physical environment, descriptive ecology, the ecosystem in space, trophic ecology and the ecosystem in time. As outlined in the meeting program there were 3 invited topical presentations. A group discussion concluded the symposium.
The first was by John Shaw, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, Canada, on Palaeogeography of Atlantic Canadian continental shelves, from the last glacial maximum to the present.
The next was by Eugene B. Colbourne, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, St. John’s, Canada, on Hydrographic Variability and Circulation of the Waters on and Adjacent to the Flemish Cap.
The third invited presentation opened the session the ecosystem in space. This presentation was by Enrique de Cárdenas, Secretaria General de Pesca, Spain, on Relative isolation of the Flemish Cap cod population.
The Symposium was attended by (Canada, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain and United States of America). The Symposium consisted of 31 other papers that were presented and discussed under the selected session topics.