Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network

Established in 1981, the Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (WPacFIN) is a cooperative program involving the WPacFIN central office at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) and fisheries agencies of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, and Hawaii. WPacFIN compiles fisheries information collected by these agencies and provides them technical expertise and tools to help them collect, manage, summarize, and quality control fishery-dependent data needed for local, federal, and international assessment and management decisions. WPacFIN also works closely with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO).


  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with WPacFIN participating agencies
  • Update and maintain a central fisheries database at WPacFIN Central (the WPacFIN office at PIFSC) to facilitate data sharing, quality management, and summary reporting
  • Assist state and territorial fisheries offices with technical support and some funding to address changing information needs to meet new federal requirements as they arise


Provide best available fisheries data on a timely basis for assessing, monitoring, and managing fisheries resources in the U.S. Pacific Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).


Provide technical support and tools to help the associated island fisheries agencies develop, implement and maintain appropriate data collection, processing, summarization, and report-generation systems for their fishery-dependent data.

Partner Agencies

American Samoa: Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources

The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) is located near Pago Pago on Tutuila and has been collecting commercial fisheries data from the Tutuila fleet since the early 1970s. In 1983, DMWR extended its coverage to the Manu`a Islands, and in 1985 modified its data collection programs to include recreational and subsistence fisheries data.

CNMI: Division of Fish and Wildlife

The Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has been collecting fisheries statistics on the commercial fishing fleet of Saipan since the mid-1970s. In 1983, DFW also began collecting information on vessels transshipping tuna out of Tinian. Significant improvements to data collecting and processing systems were made in 1982 when WPACFIN provided computer hardware, software, and training.

Guam: Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources

The Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR) has been conducting boat-based and shore-based creel surveys since the early 1970s. Beginning in 1982, DAWR began modifying its data collecting and processing systems to improve estimates of catch and effort by improving sampling techniques and incorporating the use of computerized data expansions to estimate total catch and effort from the survey data. In 1982, WPacFIN began working with DAWR staff and local fish dealers to obtain information on commercial landings through voluntary use of commercial invoices, based on a format provided by WPacFIN.

Guam: Bureau of Statistics and Plans

Since 1988, the Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP) has administered a large-scale fishery data collection system to monitor the volume of tuna being offloaded and transshipped through Guam. The system was first developed by the South Pacific Commission and is currently supported by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. In 1989, to further the monitoring program’s potential for data analysis, WPacFIN provided a supplemental data processing program to allow Guam BSP to register individual weights by species.

Hawaii: Division of Aquatic Resources

The Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (HDAR) has been collecting data from commercial fishers since 1948. HDAR manages the state's living aquatic resources and ecosystems through programs in commercial fisheries, aquatic resources protection, habitat enhancement, and recreational fisheries. WPacFIN has worked in close collaboration with HDAR since 1981 and provides technical, data processing, and quality control support.

Last updated February 13 2014