Recreational and Non-commercial Fishing in the Pacific Islands Region

NOAA Fisheries recognizes the fundamental role that non-commercial and recreational fishing plays in the livelihoods of Pacific Islanders. We work alongside fishermen, partners, and others to conserve fish populations and protect our unique fishing traditions.


Charter boat fishing off of Oahu's south shore.

U.S. fisheries in the Western Pacific—a vast expanse of nearly 1.5 million square miles of federal waters—encompasses highly productive coral reef, ocean bottom, and open ocean ecosystems surrounding all or part of three Pacific archipelagos (Hawai‘i, Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) and seven widely spaced remote islands and atolls.

Non-commercial fisheries in the Pacific Islands are major economic contributors to coastal communities and provide important social and cultural significance through the perpetuation of subsistence and traditional fishing practices and their accompanying cultural values. Marine resources are regularly harvested for non-profit distribution within fishing communities (customary exchange) and portions of the catch often are sold to defray expenses to allow the continuation of fishing activities.

The Pacific Islands region also has well-established and developing for-hire recreational fishing opportunities available through deep-sea charter boats, guided reef fishing, and eco-tourism.



Pacific Islands Recreational Fisheries Regional Implementation Plan 2016-2017

The goal of this implementation plan is to focus on tangible efforts in the region that will help advance the six guiding principles introduced in


Western Pacific Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Snapshot

Concise saltwater recreational fisheries fact sheets highlighting recent regional trends, economic impacts, fishing opportunities, and issues of


Pilot Surveys to Improve Monitoring of Marine Recreational Fisheries in Hawaiʻi

Marine recreational fishing from shore and from private boats in Hawaiʻi is monitored via the Hawaiʻi Marine Recreational Fishing Survey


Recreational Fishing

Saltwater recreational fishing is an integral part of American coastal life and communities.


Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on April 22, 2019