PICES Strategic Plan

Approved at the 2011 PICES Annual Meeting on October 22, 2011, in Khabarovsk Russia (Decision 2011/A/4)

The Nations surrounding the North Pacific Ocean depend on its waters for food, economic benefit, transportation, and recreation. The coastal areas support human habitation. Human activities both influence and are influenced by the North Pacific Ocean’s living marine resources, and the abundance and productivity of these resources are also driven by natural processes and variability. Effective resource management by each Contracting Party requires comprehensive scientific understanding, including for example, the role of the ocean in climate variability and change. Furthermore, human populations residing in coastal regions are growing, and sustainable use of marine resources and the associated food security concern is a global priority. The potential for disrupting the marine ecosystems is increasing, but mitigation and effective use is possible with sufficient information on the effects of human activities. The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) has a role to advance scientific knowledge on the North Pacific Ocean, along with its marginal seas, and to make predictions that will improve human conditions and bring benefits to the Contracting Parties. Such a goal can only be achieved by multi-national scientific cooperation. PICES synthesizes and disseminates knowledge and designs multi-national research programs that respond to identified needs.

The PICES Mission
  • The Organization was created to:
  • promote and coordinate marine scientific research in order to advance scientific knowledge of the area concerned and of its living resources, including but not necessarily limited to research with respect to the ocean environment and its interactions with land and atmosphere, its role in and response to global weather and climate change, its flora, fauna and ecosystems, its uses and resources, and impacts upon it from human activities;
  • promote the collection and exchange of information and data related to marine scientific research in the area concerned.
  • The Organization will:
  • Provide leadership on scientific issues and identify research priorities and appropriate approaches for their solution;
  • Plan, coordinate and implement integrated, inter-disciplinary research programs and related activities to be undertaken through the national efforts of the participating partners;
  • Promote the collection and exchange of data and information related to marine scientific research;
  • Assess ecosystem status and trends and project future changes;
  • Synthesize scientific information and make it available to a broad user community and the public;
  • Respond to requests from the Contracting Parties and other organizations to provide advice on scientific issues;
  • Develop capacity within the scientific communities of the Contracting Parties;
  • Foster partnerships with other organizations and programs that share a common interest.
The PICES Strategy
To implement this mission, PICES has developed a strategy built upon five central themes: Specific goals are identified within each of these themes as explained below.


The actions and activities required to meet each of these goals will change over time, and will be implemented through Action Plans. Three-year Action Plans will be prepared for the Executive Committees, Scientific and Technical Committees, and the Secretariat. These plans will describe specific actions and tasks needed to achieve the goals identified above. To monitor performance, the Action Plans will be reviewed at each annual meeting, and revised if necessary.

The PICES Strategic Plan will be reviewed and updated, as required, every five years.