Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division

The Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division (FRMD) consists of two branches:

Fisheries Biology and Stock Assessment Branch

The Fisheries Biology and Stock Assessment Branch (FBSAB) conducts state of the art research related to population biology, stock assessment, ecology, and life history of exploited resources in the central and western Pacific Ocean to increase our understanding of the mechanisms that influence resource distribution and abundance. The FBSAB has a Stock Assessment Program (SAP) and a Life History Program (LHP) which conduct research to improve stock assessments and to advise domestic and international resource managers at both the species and ecosystem levels. Using biological observations collected in field surveys with a variety of sampling gears, and laboratory analyses of specimens, the LHP investigates life-history parameters and other vital rates, environmental physiology, and distributional ecology. Informed by this work, and utilizing fishery data, assessment survey cruises, and population modeling the SAP conducts stock assessments, and also estimates bycatch and fishery interactions with protected species.

Fisheries Monitoring Branch

The Fisheries Monitoring Branch (FMB) provides fisheries-dependent data, fishery reporting, technical support, and advice in support of federal and international fisheries management in the central and western Pacific. The FMB is comprised of an Insular Fisheries Monitoring Program (IFMP) and an International Fisheries Program (IFP). To address the fishery monitoring requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, FMB collects, validates, and processes fishery-dependent information. IFMP collaborates with local fishery agencies throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands to provide support for insular fisheries stocks. IFP utilizes federal fishery logbook and observer programs to provide support to federal fisheries such as the Hawaiʻi longline fishery. FMB summarizes these data to provide reports on all federally managed fisheries, and to report on all highly migratory species fisheries to international fishery management organizations. IFP also conducts a program that consults on, encourages, or investigates testing of alternative fishing technologies to reduce bycatch and interactions with protected species, including testing on-board commercial or contracted fishing vessels, primarily in foreign fisheries.