Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Center administers and conducts scientific research and monitoring programs that support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources across the Pacific Islands Region. More...

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Updates are now posted on the new NOAA Fisheries website!

For recent news go to: NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands

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 31, 2017
    On September 1, 2009, a blue marlin that was 12.2 feet long and weighed 1,245 pounds was caught by fishermen off the coast of Honolulu. 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...
  • October 20, 2017
    How many bottomfish are out there in the main Hawaiian Islands? How can local fishers and fisheries scientists work together to help ensure sustainable catches into the future? How can we collect better data to continue to improve the science used for management? These are some of the questions driving the annual Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey in the main Hawaiian Islands known as BFISH. More...
  • October 19, 2017
    On October 13, 2017, the Pacific Islands Regional Office's Marine Mammal Response team responded to five pilot whales that unfortunately stranded and died at Kalapaki Beach, Lihue, Kauai. Personnel from the University of Hawaii (UH), NOAA Fisheries, Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and volunteers worked together to conduct a necropsy (post-mortem examination) on all five whales to investigate the cause of stranding. More...
  • October 5, 2017
    On September 22, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center released the 1,000th sea turtle rescued and rehabilitated in the Hawaiian Islands. For more than thirty years, NOAA Fisheries' stranding program in Hawaii has been responding to dead or injured sea turtles. This program has collected important information about population threats and impacts while treating injured sea turtles to help support recovery efforts. More...
  • September 26, 2017
    Can you imagine a 1,200-mile commute? Every year, many green sea turtles (or honu as they are locally known) make the 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) round-trip migration from foraging habitats in the main Hawaiian Islands to reproduce and nest at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and then swim back again. More...

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Recent Staff Publications

PIFSC Reportsdocument icon

  • 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
  • January 23, 2018
    Age, growth rates, and paleoclimate studies in deep-sea corals of the United States
    Prouty NG, Roark EB, Andrews AH, Robinson LF, Hill T, Sherwood O, Williams B, Gilderson T, Fallon S
    [2017] In: Hourigan TF, Etnoyer PJ, Cairns SD (eds.). The state of deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems of the United States. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-OHC-4, Silver Spring, MD. 22 p
  • 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
  • November 20, 2017
    Tropical marine fishes and fisheries and climate change
    Booth DJ, Feary D, Kobayashi D, Luiz O, Nakamura Y
    [2017] In: Phillips BF, Perez-Ramirez M (eds.). Climate change impacts on fisheries and aquaculture: A global analysis. Chichester (UK): John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.; p. 875-896 doi:10.1002/9781119154051.ch26

Journal Articlesdocument icon

  • January 25, 2018
    Estimating drift of directional sonobuoys from acoustic bearings
    Miller BS, Wotherspoon S, Rankin S, Calderan S, Leaper R, Keating JL
    [2018] Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters. 143:1. EL25-EL30. doi:10.1121/1.5020621
  • January 12, 2018
    Familial social structure and socially driven genetic differentiation in Hawaiian short-finned pilot whales
    Van Cise AM, Martien KK, Mahaffy SD, Baird RW, Webster DL, Fowler JH, Oleson EM, Morin PA
    [2017] Molecular Ecology. 26(23):6730-6741. doi:10.1111/mec.14397
  • January 11, 2018
    Model recommendations meet management reality: implementation and evaluation of a network-informed vaccination effort for endangered Hawaiian monk seals
    Robinson SJ, Barbieri MM, Murphy S, Baker JD, Harting AL, Craft ME, Littnan CL
    [2018] Procedings of the Royal Society B. 285:20171899. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1899
  • January 8, 2018
    Environmental warming and feminization of one of the largest sea turtle populations in the world
    Jensen MP, Allen CD, Eguchi T, Bell IP, LaCasella EL, Hilton WA, Hof CAM, Dutton PH
    [2018] Current Biology. 18:154-159. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.11.057
  • January 8, 2018
    Effects of glyphosate herbicide on the gastrointestinal microflora of Hawaiian green turtles (Chelonia mydas) Linnaeus
    Kittle RP, McDermid KJ, Muehlstein L, Balazs GH
    [2018] Marine Pollution Bulletin. 127:170-174. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.11.030
  • 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