The Directors Office

The Directors Office provides overall scientific leadership, strategic guidance, research direction, program management, and operational policy for the Science Center. In addition, the office is responsible for liaison with our many partner agencies and offices, including the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office and other NOAA offices locally and nationally; the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; resource management agencies of American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands; the University of Hawaii and the University of Guam; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; fishing industry members and organizations; recreational fishers; nongovernmental conservation organizations; other groups and the general public. The Directors Office provides coordination and leadership for U.S. participation in international scientific committees and commissions in the Pacific. The Center Director serves on the NOAA Fisheries Science Board and is the U.S. delegate to PICES (the six-nation North Pacific Marine Science Organization). The Directors Office also manages the Center's planning and budget functions as well as outreach and public affairs.

Excellence in all areas of Science Center work is recognized and rewarded.
Excellence in all areas of Science Center work is recognized and rewarded.

Budget, Planning, and Program Coordination

Many Center-wide budget, planning, and program coordination activities are implemented by the Budget and Planning Office to ensure responsiveness to and consistency with the NOAA and NOAA Fisheries Strategic Plans. These activities include:

  • Generation of current and projected program operating and spending plans
  • Center-wide budget formulation, execution, and requests
  • Development of guidelines and policies governing maintenance of the budget
  • Research program oversight, coordination, and integration
  • Strategic planning and input to the NOAA Program Planning and Budget Execution System
  • Establishment and tracking of performance measures and milestones
  • Ensuring National Environmental Policy Act compliance for PIFSC research
  • Coordination of PIFSC efforts to support the Integrated Ocean Observing System
  • Scheduling and coordination of NOAA research vessel and aircraft operations
  • Assessing changes in PIFSC's strategic direction associated with a stabilization of funding for fisheries stock assessment and a likely increase in marine mammal funding
  • Evaluating ways to enable funding for PIFSC's obligations to provide science support to international fishery management organizations

In 2010, the Center's socioeconomic program will be located in the Directors office.

Outreach and Public Affairs

The community outreach program serves as the focus for the communication of scientific programs with the public. The objective of the program is to seek and create opportunities to inform and educate constituents about the Center's programs. This is accomplished by:

  • Establishing PIFSC as a scientific information resource for the community and networking with community groups, schools, key constituents, and the general public
  • Teaching young people to become stewards of the environment
  • Promoting careers in ocean sciences
  • Designing educational resources and helping teachers develop a science and conservation curriculum that supports the objectives of PIFSC

Science Outreach Program Brings Public Awareness

Public education is an important aspect of the Center's work. NOAA Fisheries Service believes a well-informed public can make a difference and focuses education and outreach efforts on the science concepts people need to understand the ocean, our impact on it, and its impact on us. The program designs resources and implements strategies to increase communication and understanding of scientific research conducted by the Center.

During 2009, Center staff members were active in a wide range of outreach activities, including career fairs at schools, ocean-related festivals, public meetings, educational seminars, recreational fishing tournaments, science fairs, and other events.

Science outreach programs.
Last updated July 26 2011