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Ecosystems and Oceanography Program

The Ecosystems and Oceanography Program (EOP) conducts research to advance our understanding of the structure and dynamics of central North Pacific marine ecosystems. In particular, we seek to understand how marine populations change in response to both direct changes in their predators and prey as well as from broader habitat-based changes in the ocean climate including El Niño, La Niña, and other interannual or decadal events. More...


News and Highlights

  • 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...
  • April 17, 2017
    The coastal ocean of West Hawaiʻi Island is a region inhabited by bright reef fish, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, bottomfish, and mysterious deep-sea creatures. This region is a complex ecosystem that is fascinating to study, and the biological diversity and high productivity of the area make it important to fisheries and tourism. More...
  • April 3, 2017
    On March 29, 2017, PIFSC scientists embarked on the Leeward Oahu Pelagic Ecosystem Characterization (LOPEC) project to the leeward coast of Oahu in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Under the direction of Chief Scientist Dr. Donald Kobayashi, the scientists aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette will spend ten days investigating the pelagic marine ecosystem and underlying oceanography of the region. More...
  • December 16, 2016
    NOAA Fisheries released the Pacific Islands Regional Action Plan (RAP) for climate science to guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries National Climate Science Strategy. The Pacific Islands RAP is one of five across the nation and will provide decision makers with the climate-related information they need to reduce impacts to and increase resilience of the region's valuable marine resources and the many people, businesses, and communities that depend upon them. 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