The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), an intergovernmental science organization, was established in 1992 to promote and coordinate marine research in the North Pacific and its adjacent seas. Its present members are Canada, Japan, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. Click here to learn more about PICES through a 10 minute video from the 25th Anniversary Meeting of PICES.

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FUTURE (Forecasting and Understanding Trends, Uncertainty and Responses of North Pacific Marine Ecosystems ) is an integrative Science Program undertaken by the member nations and affiliates of PICES to understand how marine ecosystems in the North Pacific respond to climate change and human activities, to forecast ecosystem status based on a contemporary understanding of how nature functions, and to communicate new insights to its members, governments, stakeholders and the public. Click here to learn more about FUTURE and to get involved (3 min video).

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  • We are sad to relay that a PICES founder, friend and colleague, Vera Alexander, passed away on May 11th. Vera’s career in marine science was lengthy and pioneering; she was the first woman to earn a doctorate at the University of Alaska, in 1965 and served as Dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences there for over 20 years. Vera was PICES Vice-Chair from 1998 to 2002 and Chair from 2002 to 2006 and provided leadership and inspiration to many. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
    PICES colleagues, please submit your nominations!
    Chair Award (Nov 1, 2022 - Jul 31, 2023)
  • Changes within WG 47 Membership (Japan): Dr. Kota Sawada is a new member of the WG-47 replacing Mr. Tatsuki Oshima.
    5/26/2023 2:43:12 PM PST
  • Changes within F&A Committee Membership (USA): Ms. Amanda Williams is replacing Mr. Adam Bloomquist as a member of F&A Committee.
    5/17/2023 10:21:28 AM PST
  • Changes within MONITOR Membership (China): Dr. Honghui Huang stepped down as a MONITOR Committee member.
    5/12/2023 7:30:43 AM PST
  • Changes within MEQ Committee Membership (Chair): Dr. Guangshui Na stepped down as a Committee Chair and member. Dr. Andrew RS Ross will be an Acting Chair until the new Chair's appointment.
    5/12/2023 7:04:07 AM PST
  • Changes within F&A Committee Membership (Japan): Mr. Yutaka Hiroe is a newly appointed member of F&A Committee replacing Mr. Shota Sato.
    5/11/2023 8:19:01 PM PST
  • Changes within BIO Committee Membership (Japan): Prof. Toru Kobari is a newly appointed member of BIO Committee replacing Prof. Dr. Atsushi Tsuda.
    5/11/2023 4:54:15 PM PST
  • Changes within POC Committee Membership (Japan): Prof. Sachihiko Itoh is a newly appointed member of POC Committee replacing Prof. Shinichi Ito. Dr. Taira Nagai is a newly appointed member of POC Committee replacing Dr. Daisuke Hasegawa.
    5/11/2023 4:40:18 PM PST
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PICES Special Publications (more...)
Marine Ecosystems of the North Pacific Ocean 2009–2016: Synthesis Report The Effects of Marine Debris Caused by the Great Japan Tsunami of 2011
Primary Journals (more...)
Scientific & Technical Reports (more...)
FERRRS brochure: "Fisheries & Ecosystem Responses to Recent Regime Shifts in the North Pacific" PICES Press.  Vol. 21, No. 1. Jan. 2013