PIMRIS (Pacific Islands Marine Resources Information System) is a formal cooperative network of libraries and information centres within regional organisations and government agencies concerned with the development of fisheries and marine resources in the Pacific. Its aim is to improve access to information on marine resources in the region by:

  • collecting, cataloguing and preserving relevant documents in print and electronic formats, especially "grey literature" (ephemeral, unpublished material);
  • disseminating information via new products (reports, newsletters, posters, bibliographies, websites & databases) and services (literature searches, inter-library loans, question and answer services);
  • supporting the development of regional libraries and information centres through training and technical assistance; and
  • cooperating with similar networks and institutions throughout the world, including the International Association of Marine Science Libraries & Information Centres (IAMSLIC), FAO and IOC.

PIMRIS participants include ministerial or departmental libraries in most Pacific nations, as well as regional agencies based in Apia, Samoa (SPREP), Honiara in the Solomon Islands (FFA), Noumea and New Caledonia (SPC). Representatives meet every two years for Steering Committee meetings to review progress, policies and objectives. Activities are overseen by the PIMRIS Coordination Unit, which is based at the School of Marine Studies of the University of the South Pacific within the Lower Campus Library, a branch of the USP Library. Further information is available from agency contacts.


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