The Pacific Islands Regional Office and the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center integrate policy and management expertise with cutting-edge scientific research to provide conservation and management of domestic and international marine resources. The Pacific Islands Region is the largest geographic area within NOAA Fisheries Service jurisdiction, with a U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of more than 1.7 million square nautical miles of ocean. That’s roughly equal to the total EEZ area of the continental U.S. and Alaska combined. The region is bounded by the Hawaiian Archipelago to the north, American Samoa and U.S. possessions to the south, and the Marianas Archipelago to the west, and includes the mid-Pacific high-seas areas. We protect Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles, prevent overfishing, and co-manage the Pacific Island marine national monuments and other coral reef ecosystems. We collaborate with the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, the State of Hawaii and other U.S. Pacific Island governments, the University of Hawaii, and numerous other agencies and organizations.
It takes a lot of science to protect and manage our region’s coastal and ocean resources. At the Science Center, we are building on the 50-year legacy of our predecessor, the Honolulu Laboratory, while reaching out to meet today’s new challenges using state-of-the-art techniques.
Sustainable FisheriesWe are committed to maintaining healthy fish stocks for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing. Research to assess bottomfish populations in the Hawaiian Archipelago is a high priority. Fisheries observers contribute valuable information to the understanding of commercial
fisheries impacts on protected species.
Protected ResourcesWe are engaged in the recovery of a number of protected species, notably the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal and Pacific sea turtle populations. A cetacean research program has been established to respond to questions surrounding the impact of humans and tourism on populations of whales and dolphins.
Habitat ConservationCoordinated efforts are needed to understand the dynamics of habitat-ecosystem-resource linkages and protect marine habitats in the region. Multidisciplinary ecosystem-based monitoring and research is conducted
to preserve and, where needed, restore critical marine habitat and remove marine debris. Collaboration with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation
program and a wide range of Pacific Island partners is critically important for our success.
Our stock assessments of tunas, billfishes, and other pelagic fishes in the central and western Pacific provide the scientific advice needed for domestic and international fisheries management. Leadership is provided in international science and management bodies including the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
Pacific Islands Regional Office
1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
2570 Dole Street
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