Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific Islands

An overview of fisheries management in the Pacific Islands.


Buyers viewing and bidding on pacific bigeye tuna at the United Fish Auction at Pier 38 in Honolulu.

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. 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.

Pacific Island Fisheries

Rules & Regulations

Fishing Resources


Understanding Fisheries Management in the United States

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for managing marine fisheries within the U.S. exclusive economic zone. Learn more about the sustainable management of our marine fisheries.

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Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on January 30, 2020