About the Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division

Longline fishing boats in Honolulu Harbor
Longline fishing boats in Honolulu Harbor.

In 2010, the Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division (FRMD) was established to coordinate the Center's programs for fisheries monitoring, fisheries data management, fisheries interactions, fish life history studies, and stock assessment.

The mission of the Division is to provide the scientific foundation to enable informed and effective implementation of ecosystem-based management and conservation strategies for U.S. fisheries throughout the Pacific Islands Region.

To accomplish this mission, the Division carries out extensive activities to monitor U.S. fisheries of the Pacific Islands and oceanic waters of the central and western Pacific, assess the status of exploited fish stocks, and provide scientific advice to fishery managers. These activities are guided by mandates and authorities derived primarily from the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and international agreements.

In implementing its stewardship activities, the Division works closely with our partners in state and other federal agencies, local and tribal governments, international fisheries organizations, foreign scientific institutions, the fishing and seafood industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

The Division Chief also serves as International Science Advisor to the PIFSC Directors Office, providing critical support and counsel on scientific issues arising with respect to tunas, billfishes, and ecologically associated species in the Pacific. The International Science Advisor is responsible for: providing scientific advice, technical reports, and informed scientific opinion at meetings of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), International Science Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC), and other regional fisheries organizations; providing similar scientific support to the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), the U.S. State Department, and other members of official U.S. delegations to such meetings; and leading the U.S. delegation at meetings of the WCPFC and ISC. The International Science Advisor also oversees the compilation of official fishery statistics for U.S. fishing fleets harvesting tunas and billfishes in the Pacific Islands Region, and the submission of such statistics to the WCPFC and other regional fisheries organizations to fulfill U.S. obligations for data exchange and reporting under several international agreements.