International Science

“NOAA Fisheries’ science enterprise is diverse and currently relies on significant international collaborations to keep abreast of cutting-edge innovations and to exchange experience and knowledge with internationally recognized experts.  NOAA Fisheries scientists are recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines and participate in various international scientific forums, Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs), and bilateral agreements with foreign partners.

The primary goal of the International Science program is to ensure that NOAA Fisheries benefits from cutting-edge science from around the world and that NOAA’s expertise and innovative scientific approaches to fisheries management are applied in international forums.  NOAA Fisheries seeks to: a) maintain leadership and expertise in fisheries science to meet international and domestic obligations; b)  strengthen relationships with other countries in order to jointly collect information and assess the status of shared stocks; and c) support capacity building/technical assistance to improve the management of living marine resources in developing countries.

NOAA Fisheries’ six Science Centers, located throughout the country, provide the science and research that support the International Science program.  The Office of Science & Technology (ST) ensures that the Agency’s international science activities are coordinated with the Science Centers, the NMFS Office of International Affairs, and NOAA’s Office of International Affairs.  ST also works with the Department of State, other U.S. agencies and international organizations to support and promote the application of strong fisheries science internationally.