Fishery management in the Pacific Islands supports the region's fisheries through the development, evaluation, and implementation of fishery policy and legislation, as authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Pacific Islands Regional Office provides guidance to the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council in developing fishery management plans for commercial and non-commercial domestic fisheries in the Pacific Islands. This ensures that plans are supported by required analyses and are consistent with all applicable laws. Staff coordinate and administer the processing of proposed and final regulations to implement fishery management plans that are approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Our objectives are to maintain healthy stocks, eliminate overfishing, and rebuild overfished stocks important to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries. Under these objectives, the goal is to increase long-term economic and social benefits to the nation from living marine resources. We strive to facilitate communications among constituents, and support seafood safety in the region.
Primary Areas of Focus
- Annual Catch Limits - Tools to prevent overfishing in commercial and recreational fisheries.
- Fishing Permits - Apply for federal fishing permits.
- Fishery Management Plans - The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council develops fishery ecosystem plans with the goal of ending overfishing and maintaining sustainable fisheries.
- Rules & Regulations - Fishing and related activities are found at 50 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Chapter III and IV. Fishery regulations may also be subject to rules and regulations, such as the following:
- Regulation Summaries and Compliance Guides - Documents to help fishermen understand and comply with Federal fishing requirements.
- Sea Turtle Interactions - Leatherback and loggerhead interactions in the Hawaii-based shallow-set longline fishery.
- Seabird Interactions - Seabird interactions in the Hawaii-based longline fisheries.