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Research Surveys in the Pacific

Our scientists conduct field surveys to study and monitor fish species, marine life, and ecosystems in the U.S. Pacific Islands region. Surveys are conducted in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies and universities.

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Various fish being weighed at a fishing tournament on a table. Tournament fishing in the Pacific Islands region occurs year-round, drawing in local participants and visitors (non-residents) to the state. The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected in-person fishing activities and much of the fishing and seafood industry. Credit: NOAA Fisheries
Oceanic whitetip shark swimming in the open ocean. Oceanic whitetip sharks, so named for the patch of white on their dorsal fins, are a threatened species. Credit: Andy Mann.