WPacFIN Program

The WPacFIN Program provides core technical and administrative support for the Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (WPacFIN). WPacFIN is a partnership between NMFS and fisheries management agencies in American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Hawaii with the primary objective to monitor U.S. fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean. WPacFIN collects data on fishing activity and catch in local fisheries and issues reports of fisheries statistics to meet the needs of local and federal fisheries management organizations.

The Center's WPacFIN Program:

  • Compiles, processes, analyzes, and summarizes data collected by Pacific island agencies in the Territories of Guam and American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and State of Hawaii;
  • Provides technical expertise and support to develop and implement data management systems for these island agencies to administer local commercial fisheries monitoring programs;
  • Establishes biological sampling of fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region.