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A bright blue cephalophis Argus swims through a reef

This work is funded through a collaboration with PacIOOS by the NOAA National Harmful Algae Bloom Observing Network and the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System.


The Pacific Ciguatera Network brings partners together from around the Pacific, with the goal of sharing information. Our vision is to collaborate to build capacity to address ciguatera through place-based research, monitoring, and management.

Ciguatera, which is caused by ciguatoxin accumulation in marine species, is of concern for communities throughout the Pacific Islands. Its presence poses a challenge to the many communities reliant on seafood for sustenance. Ciguatera has long been difficult to track and trace, which is why creating a network with collaborators from across the Pacific is crucial in gaining new insights and data.

Through these initiatives, the Pacific Ciguatera Network strives to make local seafood safer to consume, thereby safeguarding the health of communities dependant of subsistence fishing in additional to safeguarding practices of recreational fishing in the Pacific Islands. By fostering collaboration and promoting research, the Pacific Ciguatera Network aims to empower communities with the knowledge and resources needed to mitigate the threats posed by ciguatera.

A researcher pulls our a grouper from the water, while doing research on ciguatera

A NOAA Sea Grant Program researcher pulls a grouper out of the water while conducting ciguatera research near Fanning Island, Kiribati circa 1968. This photo was taken by Dr. James P. McVey.


Eileen Nalley
Fisheries Extension Faculty
University of Hawai’i
Sea Grant College Program
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7031