The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) have adopted a comprehensive framework for enhanced scientific collaboration in the North Pacific. The framework identifies three broad areas of joint interest to NPFC and PICES: (i) support for stock assessment for priority species;  (ii) vulnerable marine ecosystems; and  (iii) ecosystem approach to fisheries. Various mechanisms are suggested for implementing collaboration…

5th Anniversary of the Commission

The 5th Meeting of the NPFC took place in Tokyo, Japan on 16-18 July 2019, and was attended by more than 130 participants from…

SC04 Meeting

The NPFC Scientific Committee (SC) and its Small Scientific Committees (SSC) met in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 15 to 26 April 2019.


The SSC on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) reviewed the…

Mr. Takashi Koya received the flag and pennant from Dr. Dae-Yeon Moon

Pursuant to the High Seas Boarding and Inspections (HSBI) Implementation Plan, CMM 2017-09 and upon completion of all requirements, NPFC has officially launched HSBI operations on 1st April 2019.

Recognizing the importance of HSBI as an effective tool for enforcing the NPFC-adopted Conservation and Management Measures, Members and their personnel are encouraged to work through the Small Working Group Operations Enforcement (SWG OE) to monitor the implementation of these activities in…


After the Commission meeting held in July this year, NPFC has conducted various intersessional activities, which is to follow up to the Commission decisions adopted at the meeting.


Yearbook 2017

The North Pacific Fisheries Commission has released the online addition of the second NPFC Yearbook covering the Commission's major activities in 2017.

This Yearbook, as Chairman Kenji Kagawa states in the Foreword to the volume, addresses "various issues faced by the Commission, the main one being the sustainable management of the fishery resources and the protection of the ecosystems in which these resources occur".

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SC Meeting in Tokyo 2018

The NPFC Scientific Committee (SC) and its Small Scientific Committees (SSC) met in Tokyo, Japan from 9 to 20 April 2018.

The SSC on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VME) reviewed the outputs of the NPFC/FAO workshop and identified projects and activities to assess and mitigate significant adverse impact of bottom fisheries on VMEs. The SSC on Bottom Fish presented the status of bottom fisheries and continued development of the adaptive…