Monitoring and Researching Fisheries for Sustainability

Fishing vessels at Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai.

We provide the scientific foundation to inform effective implementation of ecosystem-based management and conservation strategies for fisheries throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands. This includes fish life history, population assessments, and research into methods to reduce bycatch of non-target species. We also monitor fishing activity, such as catch and effort, in the U.S. Pacific Islands and oceanic waters of the central and western Pacific, and work with the State of Hawaii and Pacific territorial agencies to improve their fisheries monitoring efforts. Our researchers assess the status of exploited fish stocks and provide scientific advice to fishery managers.

These activities are guided by the Magnuson-Stevens Act and international agreements. We also work closely with our partners in state, territorial, and other federal agencies, local and tribal governments, international fisheries organizations, foreign scientific institutions, the fishing and seafood industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations.



Stock Assessment for the Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Complex in 2018, with Catch Projections Through 2022

A stock assessment of the main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 bottomfish complex was conducted in 2018. The assessment used a Bayesian surplus production model...

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on September 24, 2018