NPAFC provides a forum for cooperation among its member countries to
promote the scientific research, to coordinate the collection, exchange
and analysis of scientific data, and to exchange statistical information
on catch and effort regarding anadromous stocks and ecologically related
those purposes, the Commission established the Committee on Scientific
Research and Statistics (CSRS), which holds its meetings during the Annual
Meetings of the Commission in autumn.
Scientists also meet between the Annual Meetings,
at the Research Planning and Coordinating Meeting (RPCM).
CSRS and RPCM, the Parties submit their scientific research plans for
salmon, report the results of their previous scientific researches and
statistical data of their catches and fry releases, and discuss the
scientific research cooperation among the Parties.
Sub-Committee (SSC) and several Working Groups have been established under
CSRS in order to facilitate its discussions for cooperation.
discusses the formulation and reviews the implementation of the NPAFC
Science Plan, which is a long-term plan for cooperative scientific
research and is currently approved for the period up to 2010.
SSC also coordinates cooperation with other international
organizations, such as North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES),
North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and others.
There are now
five Working Groups including one ad
hoc. The Working Group on
Stock Assessment meets mainly to summarize and discuss the latest
statistical information. The
Working Group on Salmon Marking discusses coordination of marks to
minimize duplication between countries and the development of a common
database of mark releases. The
goals of the ad hoc Working Group on Stock Identification are to
develop, standardize, and disseminate genetic and other databases among
the Parties to encourage the development of new genetic technologies and
to facilitate the dissemination of statistical techniques. The
Salmon Tagging Working Group was created in 2007 for coordination of
high-seas salmon tagging and management of the INPFC-NPAFC salmon
BASIS (Bering-Aleutian Salmon International Survey) Working Group
is created to facilitate the latest
cooperative research activities focused on 1) Bering Sea Salmon Research,
2) Juvenile Salmon Research in Eastern and Western North Pacific Waters,
and 3) Winter Salmon Research.
About 10 research
are deployed annually for scientific
research cruises. In many
cases, they are joint cruises with the participation of scientists from
the different member countries.
NPAFC publishes the statistical data on salmon
catches provided by the member countries in a Statistical Yearbook.
The proceedings of the NPAFC symposia and workshops are published
in the NPAFC Bulletin series and Technical Report series respectively.
In 2009 the NPAFC issued a Special Publication "Long-Term
Research and Monitoring Plan (LRMP) for Pacific Salmon (Oncorhynchus
spp.) in the North Pacific Ocean"