Research and data needs

Research priorities database

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and the SSC are working on development of a database that will capture priorities for research and data needs. The database has been populated with research projects as provided in the 2018 Research and Data Needs document.

Continued cooperation with the SSC and advisory bodies will also be important in further developing the database. By soliciting input from these groups, the Pacific Council can ensure that the database reflects the needs and priorities of a range of stakeholders.

Research and Data Needs document (2018)

Why have research and data needs?

Fisheries management depends on good scientific information. The Council relies on data developed by Federal, state, and academic scientists, often in coordination with the fishing industry and nongovernmental organizations. Scientists serve on the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee, on technical and management teams, on stock assessment review panels, and on other advisory bodies.

The routinely identifies research and data needs, both on an ad hoc basis and formally every five years. The Council’s list of research and data needs is geared to assist National Marine Fisheries Service as well as other researchers, agencies, and research institutions, such as Sea Grant.

Council Operating Procedure 12 governs the research and data needs process.

The most recent Research and Data Needs document was finalized in September, 2018. The document communicates the Council’s research and data needs through 2023 to ensure continued well-informed Council decision-making in the future and to fulfill the Council’s responsibilities under the MSA.

Social Science in the Pacific Fishery Management Council Process

White paper: “Social Science in the Pacific Fishery Management Council Process”

This white paper addresses non-economic social science needs in the fisheries management process. Many federal rules mandate the consideration of social information in fisheries decision making. In addition, social science can be used for non-mandated purposes such as to improve outreach and education efforts, increase participation by stakeholders, and increase the effectiveness of enforcement. The white paper summarizes how regional fishery management councils and other natural resource agencies use social science; provides a brief history of social science use in the Pacific Council process; and describes federal mandates for social science, current social science efforts, barriers to using social science in the council process, and social science information needs for the Pacific Council.

For more information

If you have further questions regarding the Research and Data Needs document and/or process, please contact Marlene Bellman at (503) 820-2414 or email