Education Resources

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council considers education and outreach as one of the foundations for ensuring sustainable fisheries in the Pacific Islands. Education and outreach is one the Council’s seven Guiding Principles.

“Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council’s decision making process.”

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has been active in many education associations, including the OCEANIA Marine Educators Association, National Marine Educators Association, Hawaii Science Teachers Association (marine science section), National Science Teachers Association, Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Island Earth and One Ocean Marine Forum. It has served as a board member and committee chair on several of them. The Council was instrumental in the creation of the International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) and has been a strong supporter and advocate of IPMEN since its inception in Honolulu in 2007.

The Council regularly holds a high school summer course on sustainable fisheries in each of the island areas as well as teacher workshops and student symposiums. It runs an annual poster contest in each of the island areas as well as occasional photo essays contests on topics ranging from archipelagic ecosystems to traditional knowledge and climate change.

The Council has developed curriculum, student activities, videos, interactive games and other educational resources to raise awareness of sustainable fisheries. Visit our Education and Outreach section to see what we have to offer.

The Council is a co-founder of the Marine Science Undergraduate Fellowship Program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and is spearheading efforts to expand the program to include the University of Guam. The program provides financial support for students to earn a marine science degree and internship positions in the US Pacific Island Territories. The goal is to build fisheries science and management capacity in the Territories.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has a variety of educational videos available in our Education and Outreach section and uses Youtube and Vimeo to store our video content (links below).