Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

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The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Center administers scientific research and monitoring programs that support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources. More....


News and Highlights

  • July 25, 2014
    Scientists aboard the NOAA R/V Oscar Elton Sette will be engaged in a 15-day research project that will conduct scientific sampling operations in Guam waters. This research project continues the partnership between NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) and Guam and is designed to support the research initiatives of the participating Guam agencies, university and fishermen. More...
  • June 19, 2014
    Scientists aboard the NOAA R/V Oscar Elton Sette are engaged in a 30-day research project in the waters of the northern islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The primary mission is to learn more about the biology and environment of bottomfish resources in the CNMI which support important local fisheries. More...
  • June 16, 2014
    The NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai sailed from Honolulu on June 16, 2014, for a 26-day mission to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) to monitor and study the endangered Hawaiian monk seal population. As part of the research, the scientific team will conduct trial aerial surveys using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). More...
  • June 9, 2014
    The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center will be conducting a socioeconomic study of Hawaii's small-boat commercial fishing fleet. This study is particularly important because it will provide resource managers with the kind of economic information that is needed to ensure a healthy future for marine fisheries around the Hawaiian Islands. More...
  • June 2, 2014
    The focus of this two-day symposium is to provide a forum for scientists and managers to present and discuss information pertaining to the coastal marine ecosystem of West Hawaiʻi. An important focus will be to identify key time series information that can serve as indicators of ecosystem state. More...

Research Cruises

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Recent Staff Publications

PIFSC Reportsdocument icon

  • June 25, 2014
    Submission of 2012-2013 U.S. fishery statistics for the Western and Central Pacific Ocean and other areas to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-14-008, 11 p
  • June 12, 2014
    Prediction of future bycatch of sea turtles and certain cetaceans in the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery
    McCracken ML
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Internal Report, IR-13-029, 47 p
  • June 4, 2014
    Economic and social characteristics of small boat fishing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
    Hospital J, Beavers C
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Administrative Report H-14-02, 58 p. + Appendices
  • May 30, 2014
    Examining the potential of using secondary data to better understand human-reef relationships across the Pacific
    Grace-McCaskey CA
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Administrative Report H-14-01, 69 p
  • May 27, 2014
    Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish monitoring brief: southern Mariana Archipelago 2014
    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-14-009, 2 p
  • May 27, 2014
    Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish monitoring brief: northern Mariana Archipelago 2014
    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-14-010, 2 p

Journal Articlesdocument icon

  • July 23, 2014
    Hitchhikers reveal cryptic host behavior: new insights from the association between Planes major and sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean
    Pfaller JB, Alfaro-Shigueto J, Balazs GH, Ishihara T, Kopitsky K, Mangel JC, Peckham SH, Bolten AB, Bjorndal KA
    [2014] Marine Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-014-2498-3
  • July 22, 2014
    Geographic variation of persistent organic pollutants in Hawaiian monk seals Monachus schauinslandi in the main Hawaiian Islands
    Lopez J, Hyrenbach KD, Littnan C, Ylitalo GM
    [2014] Endangered Species Research 24: 249-262. DOI: 10.3354/esr00602
  • July 9, 2014
    Fish Stories: Once in a lifetime catch
    Kawamoto K
    [2014] Lawai'a 15: 28-29
  • June 26, 2014
    Variability in reception duration of dual satellite tags on sea turtles tracked in the Pacific Ocean
    Parker DM, Balazs GH, Rice MR, Tomkeiwicz SM
    [2014] Micronesica 2014-03: 1-8
  • June 14, 2014
    Commonness and rarity in the marine biosphere
    Connolly SR, MacNeil MA, Caley MJ, Knowlton N, Cripps E, Hisano M, Thibaut LM, Bhattacharya BD, Benedetti-Cecchi L, Brainard RE, Brandt A, Bulleri F, Ellingsen KE, Kaiser S, Kroncke I, Linse K, Maggi E, O'Hara TD, Plaisance L, Poore GCB, Sarkar SK, Satpathy KK, Schuckel U, Williams A, Wilson RS
    [2014] Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 8524-8529
  • March 18, 2014
    Trade-offs among catch, bycatch, and landed value in the American Samoa longline fishery
    Watson JT, Bigelow KA
    [2014] Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12268