Managing Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific


We are responsible for overseeing and implementing fishery management plans for commercial and non-commercial domestic fisheries in the Pacific Islands under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. 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.

We are also responsible for negotiating and implementing the provisions of international fisheries agreements for the western and central Pacific Ocean. The need for international cooperation in fisheries management in the western and central Pacific Ocean is driven by the highly migratory nature of many targeted and bycatch species, and the exploitation of common resources outside areas of national jurisdiction, on the high seas. Highly migratory species such as tuna and billfish have a wide geographic distribution, both on the high seas and inside the exclusive economic zones of many nations, creating the need for close cooperation between countries across the Pacific. We promote international cooperation and effective, responsible marine stewardship through regional fisheries management organizations, and attempt to ensure sustainable fisheries management globally.

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Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on September 26, 2018