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Ecosystem Sciences Division

The Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) conducts multidisciplinary research, monitoring, and analysis of integrated environmental and living resource systems in coastal and offshore waters of the Pacific Ocean More...


News and Highlights

  • November 3, 2017
    Why are the numbers of Hawaiian monk seals decreasing in certain locations while they stay stable in others? What drives their population trends? Is it changes in plankton abundance, prey availability, predators, or something else? Using an ecosystem model, NOAA scientists at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center explored the importance of many factors that influence growth and mortality of monk seals at two different locations, Laysan Island and French Frigate Shoals, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. More...
  • October 30, 2017
    A future of healthy, clean, biodiverse, and productive oceans with sustainable resource use requires us to translate our current understanding of marine ecosystems in a way that facilitates effective resource management and policy decision making. The 2-day Symposium will bring together local community members, scientists, and managers to present and discuss scientific research and traditional knowledge that can directly inform management of West Hawaiʻi's marine ecosystem. More...
  • September 18, 2017
    Staff from NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Regional Office, and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, as well as staff and advisors from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, are meeting this week for the first Annual Collaborative Climate Science Workshop in Honolulu. More...
  • September 15, 2017
    The focus of this two-day science symposium is to provide a forum for scientists, managers, and community organizations to present and discuss information about the coastal marine ecosystem of West Hawaiʻi. This symposium is led by NOAA's West Hawaiʻi Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, a program that brings together citizens, scientists, resource managers, and policymakers to better understand and manage marine ecosystems. More...
  • August 21, 2017
    The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center has launched an online Community Snapshots Tool that describes 42 communities throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Each snapshot is interactive and provides time series information on levels of fishing involvement and up to date demographic characteristics for Hawaiʻi communities. This information helps put the fishing data in a human context, and highlights the diversity of our island communities. More...
  • July 14, 2017

    NOAA Fisheries constantly strives to improve the quality and timeliness of our science at each of the agency's six science centers and the headquarters Office of Science and Technology. A standardized six-year cycle of peer review and evaluation of our fundamental science programs at both the national and regional level help us to stay at the cutting edge of science and still meet the needs of our stakeholders. Each year of the cycle has a specific thematic focus. In 2017, the focus is on NOAA Fisheries' economics and human dimensions science programs. More...

  • May 12, 2017
    On May 9, NOAA Fisheries released the Fisheries Economics of the United States report for 2015. According to the report, U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product, and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • February 5, 2018
    Summary report from the first annual Collaborative Climate Science Workshop 19-21 September 2017, NOAA's Inouye Regional Center Honolulu, Hawaii
    Woodworth-Jefcoats PA
    [2018] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Administrative Report, H-18-01, 31 p doi:10.7289/V5/AR-PIFSC-H-18-01
  • February 5, 2018
    The commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands fishing community profile:2017 update
    Ayers AL
    [2018] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-66, 57 p. doi:10.7289/V5/TM-PIFSC-66
  • January 31, 2018
    Applying national community social vulnerability indicators to fishing communities in the Pacific Island region
    Kleiber D, Kotowicz D, Hospital J
    [2018] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-65, 63 p. doi:10.7289/V5/TM-PIFSC-65
  • December 29, 2017
    Ecological impacts of the 2015/16 El Nino in the central equatorial Pacific
    Brainard RE, Oliver T, McPhaden MJ, Cohen A, Venegas R, Heenan A, Vargas-Angel B, Rotjan R, Mangubhai S, Flint E, Hunter SA
    [2017] In: Explaining extreme events of 2016 from a climate perspective. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 2018 Jan;99(1 Suppl):S21-S26
  • December 5, 2017
    A survey design performance analysis examining linkages between reef fish assemblages and benthic morphologies in the Main Hawaiian Islands
    Gorospe KD, Acoba TS
    [2017] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-64, 35 p. doi:10.7289/V5/TM-PIFSC-64
  • December 5, 2017
    Long-term monitoring of coral reef fish assemblages in the Western central pacific
    Heenan A, Williams ID, Acoba T, DesRochers A, Kosaki RK, Kanemura T, Nadon MO, Brainard RE
    [2017] Scientific Data. 4:170176. doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.176