Highly Migratory Species Program

 

 blue walter heim 2 School of Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis).  Striped marlin (Kajikia audax). Image credit David Itano.
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Highly migratory species (HMS) of the Pacific Ocean travel long distances to forage, mate, and migrate, often crossing domestic and international borders during their lifespan. In addition to being top predators, many of these species are valuable commercial and recreational fishing targets and are harvested by 36 separate nations in the Pacific alone. Thus, certain HMS are protected and managed by various international laws, treaties, and Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) which work collaboratively to apply the best available science, policy, and enforcement practices. Read more about management of HMS in the Pacific Ocean.

The HMS program of the Fisheries Resources Division (FRD) is responsible for conducting research and assessments of Pacific migratory fish species for U.S. fishery scientists and commissioners of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and two international RFMOs— the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer (IATTC) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries CommissionThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer (WCPFC). As mandated by the Fishery Management Plans of our two domestic RFMOs—the Pacific Fisheries Management Council The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer (PFMC) and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management CouncilThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer (WPFMC)—and in international treaties such as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT) and the U.S.- Canada Albacore Treaty, our work includes:

  1. Stock and population assessments
  2. Biological research (reproduction, physiology, life history, etc.)
  3. Distribution, migration, and movement studies
  4. Fishery data management and evaluations
  5. Economic research
  6. Biological sampling and collection
  7. Management advice and participation in international forums


We focus on the following species which are managed under our domestic Fishery Management Plans:

 Managed Species           Additional Ecosystem Component and Prohibited Species



 






Meet the SWFSC staff involved with HMS research:        

Large Pelagics Lab Team 
(Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Craig)

 

Affiliated SWFSC Collaborators

Antonella Preti 

Heidi Dewar 

Liana Heberer 

Mike Kinney 

Nicole Nasby-Lucas

Owyn Snodgrass 

Rosa Runcie 






 

Dale Sweetnam 

Gerard DiNardo

Helena Aryafar 

Hui-Hua Lee 

John Childers 

John Hyde 

Kevin Piner 

Nick Wegner 

Stephen Stohs 

Steve Teo


 
















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Last modified: 9/6/2017