We are happy to provide you the 2007 Annual Report of NOAA Fisheries' Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. The Center's research covers a wide range of scientific issues and topics requiring expertise in many disciplines. Our principal areas of research include coral reef ecosystems; ecosystem analysis and oceanography; fish biology and stock assessment; bycatch mitigation; fisheries monitoring and socioeconomics; and protected species population monitoring and recovery. Support programs within the Center ensure success of our science endeavors by providing help in administration and infrastructure, information technology and communications, and scientific information services.
Last year we conducted our first external review of the Center's overall research program. The review provided critical insights into areas where we need to improve and where we can develop more fully. Information on the review can be found on our Web site. This year we will be holding a similar review focused on our ecosystem research.
We have a diverse and energetic staff. Our workforce of 204 includes 85 Federal employees, 104 employees of the University of Hawaii's Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, and several external contractors. We operate four research facilities: our original Dole Street offices adjacent to the University of Hawaii Manoa campus; our Kewalo Research Facility located on the Honolulu waterfront; an office and laboratory complex for fish biology in Aiea, and shared space with the National Marine Fisheries Service Regional Office downtown. In addition to our land-based operations, we engage in research expeditions year-around throughout the central and western Pacific, including American Samoa, the Marianas, and remote island areas in the mid-Pacific, on the NOAA Ships Oscar Elton Sette and Hi'ialakai and maintain extensive temporary field camps at remote islands and atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
We welcome your comments and thank you for your support.
During March 6-8, 2007, we convened a panel of experts to provide a critical, external review of the Center's science programs, consult with our principal partners and provide constructive feedback to Center leadership about the job we are doing. The panel learned about the Center's scientific objectives, methods, and accomplishments and the key issues we face in meeting needs of our clients in the Pacific Islands Region. Discussions between the panelists and Center staff were frank and stimulating. Comments from the review panel provided the Center with a better appreciation of our strengths while identifying new directions we can explore to provide better, more comprehensive science products and services throughout the Region.
The panel report is available on our Web site at: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/do/ExternalReview_2007.php