Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) conducts multidisciplinary basic and applied research on insular and oceanic pelagic living resources and fisheries of the Pacific Islands and central Pacific. Biological, ecological, and economic research is conducted on a range of fishery resources that fall under active fishery management plans, in addition to research focused on protected resources not related to fisheries.

Fisheries research activities at the PIFSC support the scientific, statistical, and economic needs of the Western Pacific Region Fisheries Management Council, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, and scientific bodies including the Standing Committee on Tuna and Billfish of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Interim Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean. The Center is located in Honolulu, HI. The primary platforms supporting PIFSC field activities include the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette and chartered vessels from the commercial industry. Collaborative and cooperative research partners includethe SWFSC, other Federal and State of Hawaii agencies, academic institutions, foreign research institutions, government agencies of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the public sector including the commercial fishing industry, seafood markets, and recreational and environmental interests, including NGOs.