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cataloguing and preserving relevant documents in print and electronic formats, especially “grey literature” (ephemeral, unpublished material);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, 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.


PIMRIS publications current

Click on each heading :Volume, Number, Month or Year to sort in ascending order & volume to open publication

Volume Number Month Year
33 2 December 2021
33 1 June 2021
32 2 December 2020
32 1 June 2020
31 2 December 2019
31 1 June 2019
30 2 December 2018
30 1 June 2018
29 2 December 2017
29 1 June 2017
28 2 December 2016
28 1 June 2016
27 2 December 2015
27 1 June 2015















PIMRIS Lower Campus library moved its Bob Johannes collection from the Staff workroom to its general collection area. This enabled the creation of its new Discussion Area (for groups).


DELL Laptops and Canon LiDE flat scanners from the PIMRIS-Taiwan ROC project for Tokelau and Fiji Fisheries libraries were handed over to senior officials. The Director for the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries thanked PIMRIS and the Taiwan ROC project for the assistance at their headquarters in Suva. A new librarian for Fiji Fisheries had just been recruited and is a former staff of the USP Laucala Library.

The Tokelau government representative in Suva received the equipment on behalf of their Fisheries department and delivered the equipment.

In December, the PIMRIS Coordinator conducted an Information Research Skills training for the Fiji Fisheries staff at its headquarters. Eighteen staff learned more about PIMRIS, its resources and services especially its MOANA, Regional Repository and USP Aquatic databases as well as USP Library services and resources.


DELL Laptops and Canon LiDE flat scanners for Kiribati Fisheries and the Solomon Islands Fisheries libraries were delivered by colleagues from the USP Laucala library who had travelled to these countries to conduct Information Research Skills (IRS) training on USP campuses.

These equipment are part of the PIMRIS Taiwan project towards improving access to and preserving national fisheries/marine reports and other publications. We acknowledge the assistance of USP library colleagues and the financial support of Taiwan ROC.

In July, the USP Library network (Laucala and regional libraries) migrated to SirsiDynix Symphony Integrated Library System (ILS).


In July, PIMRIS trained its new Library Assistant on PIMRIS network activities such as the preparation of records and documents for its Greenstone Regional Repository and USP Aquatic databases. Caroline Nand was transferred from the main USP Library Laucala as part of its annual staff rotation programme.

4-7 October 2016

The 17th PIMRIS Steering Meeting was held from 4-7 October 2016, at the USP Laucala Library Conference room and ICT Professional Lab in Suva, Fiji. This meeting enabled PIMRIS and its stakeholders to review activities of the past two years and prioritise its work plan for the next two. PIMRIS acknowledges the support of the government of Taiwan ROC (as in previous years) in funding this meeting (and participation of most delegates) and the week’s training activities.


12-16 September 2016

PIMRIS coordinator, Susana Macanawai attended the ASFA Advisory Board Meeting in Ha Noi, Viet Nam from 12-16 September 2016. This is the coordinator’s first ever participation in any ASFA advisory board meeting. Susana presented the PIMRIS annual report and took part in discussions. PIMRIS acknowledges the kind support of ASFA in funding this trip and the opportunity to learn more about ASFA and its activities.

14-18 September 2014

The PIMRIS Coordinator and some members of the Pacific Islands Regional Group (PIRG) for IAMSLIC, attended the 40th Conference of IAMSLIC (International Association of Marine Science Libraries and Information Centres) from 14-18 September 2014 at the SPC Headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia.  The Coordinator’s participation was made possible through funding from the University of the South Pacific’s Staff Development Funds.

9-12 September 2014

The SPC Librarian, Mary-Clare Ame and PIMRIS Coordinator, Susana Macanawai participated in an ASFA Training carried out by the ASFA Editor-in-Chief, Helen Wibley at the SPC Library in Noumea, New Caledonia from 9-12 September 2014.  This training was arranged to teach about proper ASFA inputting processes, procedures and record submission.  Ms Wibley and FAO-ASFA Trust Fund’s contribution to making this training possible is acknowledged.

7-11 July 2014

The 16th PIMRIS Steering Committee Meeting and Training was held at the USP Laucala Library Conference Room and USP ICT Centre in Suva, Fiji from 7-11 July 2014.  This meeting and training was made possible through financial assistance from the IODE Project Office in Oostende, Belgium, the USP Library and continued support of our regional partners (SPC, FFA & SPREP).

20-24 October 2013

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Librarian, Mary-Clare Ame attended the 39th IAMSLIC Conference in Dania Beach, Florida, USA from the 20-24 October 2013.  The theme for the conference this year was, ‘Visualizing a Bright Future’.  The next IAMSLIC conference in 2014 is to be held at the SPC Headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia.

30 September – 4 October 2013


The PIMRIS coordinator, Susana Macanawai participated in the Ocean Teacher Academy Training course on ‘Digital Asset Management’ organised by the UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE & IOC Sub Commission for Africa and the adjacent Island states.  The training was held at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute in Mombasa, Kenya from 30th September – 4th October 2013.  The PIMRIS coordinator’s participation at the workshop was funded by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission through the kind support of the Government of Flanders (Kingdom of Belgium).

September 2013

The Pacific Marine Twinning Programme continued its activities this year with a visit by the Australian counterparts to the Kiribati and Samoa Fisheries libraries in September 2013.  These visits to the islands is part of the PMTP’s AusAID funded project to develop and promote closer collaboration between  marine libraries in the Pacific Islands and Australia.


12-16 March 2012




The ODIN-PIMRIS Joomla training, coordinated by the PIMRIS Coordination Unit and attended by Librarians of Pacific regional organizations (SPC, FFA & SPREP) and USP Library was held for a week at the new USP ICT Centre at Laucala Campus (Upper) in Suva, Fiji from the 12-16 March 2012.  Training was conducted by IODE’s Webmaster & IT expert, Aditya Kakodkar as part of ODIN-PIMRIS’ planned activities.


23-27 May 2011





Ataban T. Kapule, Librarian/SFO Information & Library MFMR, Honiara, Solomon Islands, attended the IODE Ocean Teacher Course on ‘Disaster Planning and Recovery’ funded and organised by UNESCO/IOC Project office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium from 23-27 May 2011.



4-7 May 2011





PIMRIS network members and ODIN-PIMRIS project representatives met in Suva, Fiji to review the ODIN-PIMRIS pilot project (2009-2010), assess past and plan 2011-2012 PIMRIS activities and learn more from the IODE organised ‘Disaster Planning & Recovery’ online discussion and additional refresher sessions and demonstrations on Koha and Greenstone library systems.  The meeting was held at the USP Laucala Library conference room.



21-26 March 2011





Susana Macanawai, PIMRIS Coordinator, attended the 21st Session of the IODE Committee and the IODE 50th Anniversary International Conference in Liege, Belgium.  The ODIN-PIMRIS Pilot Project Progress Report (2009-2010) was presented by the coordinator at this meeting.



1-7 July 2010





Jainul Ali, PIMRIS Library Assistant, attended the OceanTeacher Academy Course on ‘Disaster Planning and Recovery for Marine Librarians’ funded and hosted by UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium from 1-7 July 2010.



15 October 2009





Eddie Marahare, FFA Librarian, attended IODE Training Course on Digital Asset Management organized by UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE and hosted in Oostende, Belgium from 2nd to 7th of October 2009.


25 August 2009



The 14th PIMRIS Steering Committee Meeting was held 24 August 2009 in Suva, Fiji. A total of 20 PIMRIS members and observers attended the meeting.

25 August 2009



A Training Workshop on E-repository for the participants of the ODIN-PIMRIS pilot project was held at USP, Suva, Fiji, 17-21 August 2009. The Agenda of the Workshop is available here.


30 June 2009





Ms. Emeline Langitoto Taufalele from Tonga Fisheries Library was sponsored by IODE to attend the Training Course on Website Development held in IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium from 15-26 June 2009.



12 June 2009





The online Portal of the Pacific Islands Marine Resources Information System (PIMRIS) has been launched on http://www.pimrisportal.com



15 May 2009


The ODIN-PIMRIS project budget and work plan was approved by the participants of the 20th Session of IODE (4-8 May, Beijing, China). The ODIN-PIMRIS poster was displayed and the Pacific Islands Marine Portal was demonstrated to the participants of the meeting.


10 May 2009





Jean-Paul Gaudechoux [left], the longest standing PIMRIS participant, completed work as Fisheries Information Advisor at SPC in April 2009 after a long and very productive association. The new representative in PIMRIS is Aymeric Desurmont [right]. Aymeric is Fisheries Information Officer and has worked at SPC for many years.



25 May 2009


A Workshop on the creation of the Pacific Islands Marine Portal was held from 16-20 March 2009 at the Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium. Participants (Peter Murgatroyd (SPREP), Jean-Paul Gaudechoux (SPC). Dorene Naidu (SOPAC) and Maria Kalenchits (PIMRIS CU, USP) worked with IODE staff on technical solutions for the portal and also discussed portal content, design and promotional materials.


17 February 2009


The Sixth SPC Head of Fisheries Meeting took place at SPC Headquarters in Noumea, from 10th to 13th February 2009. The meeting outcomes can be found here and an overview of the ODIN-PIMRIS project activities presented at the meeting by the PIMRIS Coordinator can be found here.


10 February 2009




The PIMRIS Coordination Unit acquired two new Library staff in January 2009. Jainul Ali [right] transferred to PIMRIS from the USP’s Main Library where she worked in the Cataloguing Section to replace Frances Chute. Sanjini Lata [left] replaced Sheik Rehman as a part-time Junior Library Assistant. Before joining Reader Services at USP Library in May 2006, Sanjini worked as intern consultant at UNDP Pacific Centre. She is presently undertaking the Diploma in Library/Information Studies at USP.


22 September 2008




The ODIN-PIMRIS Pilot Project Meeting was held in conjunction with 34th IAMSLIC Annual conference on Friday, September 18th, at USP, Suva, Fiji. The meeting was called to discuss the implementation of the project workplan.


22 September 2008


The 34th annual conference of International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centres (IAMSLIC) was hosted by the University of the South Pacific / PIMRIS Coordination Unit in Suva, Fiji from 14-18 September 2008. Conference Summary Report and Abstracts can be found in PIMRIS Newsletter, 2008, vol. 20, no. 3-4.


22 September 2008


IODE/PIMRIS traning course and workshop on Marine Information Management for the Ocean Data and Information Network for Small Insland States in the Pacific Region was held 13-17 May 2008, at the IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium. During a one-week Workshop sponsored by UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, PIMRIS agency participants discussed and agreed on a proposal for a Pilot Project for a Regional Network of Pacific Islands Marine Libraries (ODIN-PIMRIS). Further networking of marine related libraries and information resources in the Pacific region can be done by strengthening relationships and intergating activities amongst the major regional agencies. The pilot project aims to focus on specific aspects of that broader task, by using the PIMRIS Coordinating Unit as facilitator and coordinator with the support of IOC/IODE. The ODIN-PIMRIS pilot project will contribute to the objectives of PIMRIS, by focusing on; i) establishing a regional information portal, ii) creating capacity at the national and institutional level to use and contribute to the portal, iii) promoting the portal as a valuable information source for managers and decision makers.


25 April 2008


PIMRIS Coordination Unit purchased and delivered 5 sets of equipment to marine/fisheries libraries in the region (Samoa, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Tonga) in the framework of  Taiwan/ROC Assistance project “Improving Access to Pacific Marine Literature”.


14 March 2008


PIMRIS-PEIN Joint Workshop on Migraton of Moana (Database  of Pacific marine resources) to Greenstone digital library software was held on March 13, 2008, at the SPREP Compound in Apia, Samoa. The day was spent exploring ways in which the two information networks could work together with fisheries and environment departments to improve online access to marine information. Several factors were identified as critical to the future success of both information networks; taking full advantage of new technologies to provide full text access to documents and promoting the importance of sharing documents both within and between organisations.


20 November 2007


PIMRIS Training Workshop on Marine Information Management was organized in Suva back-to-back with the Joint 13th PIMRIS Steering Committee Meeting/ IAMSLIC PIRG Meeting 17 November 2007. The programm included the following topics: i) Koha software and SPC information products (E. Kleiber), ii) Scanning techniques (E. Kleiber), iii) Greenstone as a platform for Moana e-repository (M. Kalenchits), iv) SPREP information products (P. Murgatroyd), v) On-line access information sources and retrieval (M. Kalenchits), vi) Small and middle-size fishery library management (M. Kalenchits). Personal reflections by trainers can be found in PIMRIS Newsletter, 2007, Vol. 19, no. 4. p. 7-8.


20 November 2007


On 15-16 November Joint 13th PIMRIS Steering Committee Meeting / IAMSLIC Pacific Islands Regional Group (PIRG) Meeting was held in Suva, Fiji. A total of 22 PIMRIS and PIRG members, observers and invited guests from seven pacific countries and Australia attended the successful meeting. Opening Address was presented by Dr. Esther Williams, Acting Vice-Chancellor, USP. Participants reviewed current activities, internal relations  and agreed on a workplan for 2007-2009 contained of 6 standing orders, 28 recommendations and 12 actions.

Name Position Section Phone
VACANT Librarian/PIMRIS Coordinator PIMRIS [Lower Campus Library] 3232757
Caroline Nand Library Assistant PIMRIS [Lower Campus Library] 3232757


PIMRIS Coordination Unit
C/- Lower Campus Library
Laucala Campus
University of the South Pacific
Private Mail Bag
Suva, Fiji
Tel:+679 323 2934
Fax:+679 323 1526
Email: pimris(at)usp.ac.fj
Coordinator: VACANT


PIMRIS Agency Participants

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
PO Box 629
Ph: +677 21124
Fax:+677 23995
Librarian: Eddie MARAHARE eddie.marahare(at)ffa.int


Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
PO Box 240
Apia, Samoa
Ph: +685 21929
Fax: +685 20231
Knowledge Manager:  Miraneta HAZELMAN


Pacific Community (SPC)
Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia
Ph: +687 262 000
Fax:+687 263 818
Local Contact: Samu Nakalevu (Narere Campus, Fiji)


PIMRIS Regional Government Participants

American Samoa

Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources
PO Box 3730,
96799 Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA
Tel:+684 633 4456
Fax:+687 263 818

Cook Islands

Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR)
PO Box 85,
Tel:+682 28730, +682 28722
Fax:+682 29721
Contact: George Matutu (Director, Corporate Services Division)

Federated States of Micronesia

National Fisheries Corporation
PO Box R,
Kolonia, Pohnpei,
Eastern Caroline Is, FSM 96941
Tel: +691 320 2529
Fax: +691 320 2239


P. O. Box 13026, Suva, FIJI
Tel: +679 330 1611
Fax: +679 331 6421
Assistant Librarian: Lavenita Gock
Web: www.fisheries.gov.fj


Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources Development
PO Box 64,
Bairiki, Tarawa, KIRIBATI
Tel: +686 28061/+686 21099
Fax: +686 28295/+ 686 21120
Contact: Taati Eria (Senior Fisheries Officer)

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority
PO Box 860,
Tel: +692 625 8262
Fax: +692 625 5447


Nauru Fisheries & Marine Resources Authority
Main Office
PO Box 449,
Anibure District, NAURU
Tel: +674 444 3733
Fax: +674 444 3812


Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
PO Box 74,
Alofi, NIUE
Tel: +683 4302
Fax: +683 4079
Director: Poi Okesene
Email: poi.okesene(at)mail.gov.nu


Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism
Bureau of Marine Resources
PO Box 359,
Koror, PALAU 96940
Tel: +680 488 3125/2897
Fax: +680 488 3555
Acting Director: Leon Remengesau
Email: bmr(at)palaunet.com


Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Fisheries Division
PO Box 1874,
Fisheries ACEO- Magele Etuati Ropeti
Contact: Autalavou Taua, Tuluiga Taito
Tel: +685 20369, +685 22624
Fax: +685 24292

Solomon Islands

Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR)
Kukum Highway
PO Box G2,
Tel: +677 39143
Fax: +677 38730
Contact: Francis Pituvaka (Communications Officer- MFMR)


Dept. of Economic Development & the Environment
Tel: +690 3127
Fax: +690 3118
Contact: Mose Pelasio (Acting Director)


Ministry of Fisheries
PO Box 871,
Nuku`alofa, TONGA
Tel: +676 21399
Fax: +676 23891
Contact: Lavinia Vaipuna (Head of ICT)


Ministry of Natural Resources, Fisheries Department

Matelina S. Makaga (Librarian/Public Relations Officer)
Private Mail Bag, Funafuti, TUVALU
Tel: +688 20836
Fax: +688 20346


Vanuatu Fisheries Department
Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Biosecurity (MLAFFS)
Private Mail Bag 9045,
Port Vila , VANUATU
Tel: +678 23119
Fax: +678 23641

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Fri: 8am – 4pm
Sat/Sun & Public Holidays : Closed

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Mid semester break:

Mon – Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm
Fri: 8am – 4pm
Sat/Sun & Public Holidays: : Closed

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During vacation:

Mon – Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm
Fri: 8am – 4pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: : Closed

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PIMRIS newsletter

Click on each heading :Volume, Number, Month or Year to sort in ascending order & volume to open publication

Volume Number Month Year
26 3-4 December 2014
26 2 June 2014
26 1 March 2014
25 4 December 2013
25 3 September 2013
25 2 June 2013
25 1 March 2013
24 4 December 2012
24 3 September 2012
24 2 June 2012
24 1 March 2012
23 4 December 2011
23 3 September 2011
23 2 June 2011
23 1 March 2011
22 2 December 2010
22 1 March 2010
21 3-4 July-December 2009
21 1-2 January-June 2009
20 3-4 September-December 2008
20 1-2 March-June 2008
19 4 December 2007
19 1-3 January-September 2007
18 4 December 2006
18 3 September 2006
18 2 June 2006
18 1 March 2006
17 4 December 2005
17 3 September 2005
17 2 June 2005
17 1 March 2005
16 4 December 2004
16 1-3 January-September 2004
16 1-3 January-September Supplement 2004
15 4 December 2003
15 3 September 2003
15 1-2 March-June 2003
14 3-4 September-December 2002
14 1-2 March-June 2002
13 1-4 March-December 2001
12 1-2 March-June 2000




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