The Commission is comprised of the Commission formed by all its Members and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties. The Commission is supported by three subsidiary bodies: the Scientific Committee (SC); the Technical and Compliance Committee (TCC) and the Finance and Administration Committee (FAC). Each of these subsidiary bodies may then have their own specialist technical supporting groups.
At present under the Scientific Committee, there are five such groups: the Small Scientific Committee on Pacific Saury (SSC PS); the Small Scientific Committee on Bottom Fish (SSC BF); the Small Scientific Committee on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (SSC VME); the Technical Working Group on Pacific Saury Stock Assessment; and the Technical Working Group on Chub Mackerel.
As a result of the 3rd Commission Meetings the Technical and Compliance Committee formed three small working groups (SWGs) to address specific areas of its work plan: SWG on Assessing Compliance; SWG on Vessel Registry and SWG on Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS). The resultant NPFC structure is noted below.