Surveying a Vast Ocean

Diver conducts coral reef survey

We conduct research, monitoring, and analysis of living marine resources and ecosystems across the Pacific Ocean. Our field research activities range from near-shore island ecosystems like coral reefs to open ocean ecosystems on the high seas. Research focus includes: oceanography, coral reef ecosystem assessment and monitoring, benthic habitat mapping, and marine debris research and removal.

We use numerical ecosystem models to analyze the current structure and dynamics of marine environments, as well as to examine potential projections of future conditions, such as those resulting from climate change impacts. Because humans are a key part of the ecosystem, our research also includes social and economic aspects of fishery and resource management decisions. We also provide scientific support to international organizations.

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Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on August 21, 2018