PACON International is a non-profit, tax-exempt, scientific organization dedicated to the sharing of scientific and technological information among Pacific maritime nations.

The organization was created following two successful Congresses (PACON 84 and PACON 86, both in Honolulu). Each of the two congresses attracted more than 250 registrants from a dozen nations. Since then, PACON has expanded and become an organization of international repute. Due to several requests from PACON Chapters to hold congresses/symposia, the Board of Directors approved a 3-day Regional Symposium in the odd years between the biennial congress. The first Regional Symposium was convened in Beijing, China in 1993. To simplify the name of our congresses and regional symposia, the meetings will now be known as International Conferences.

PACON International is an organization comprised of marine scientists, engineers, industrialists, and policy makers dedicated to sharing state-of-the-art marine science and technology and the appropriate applications of this technology.

Our principle goal is to provide information to all participating nations to promote the environmentally sound utilization of ocean resources and to advance knowledge in the various disciplines. The organization provides an international forum for nations and islands of the Pacific to exchange information, ideas and technology.

PACON International is governed by a Board of Directors that review and approve the major work of the organization. Individual members of PACON International are generally members of national and regional marine societies within their countries helping to contribute to the knowledge and information base. Corporate and student memberships are available to marine, scientific and technical firms and others who are interested in supporting the goals of the organization.

Currently, there are eleven (11) International Chapters that include California, China, Europe, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, and Taiwan.

The role of marine science and technology in the economic development of Pacific Basin resources is of vital concern to engineers, scientists, planners, policy-makers, administrators, educators, and scholars. The conference facilitates the exchange of views and ideas among representatives of the Pacific Island nations and the large rim countries and thereby strengthens future information exchange and collaboration.

For more information about PACON’s structure and governing body, please review the 2010 Board of Directors revised PACON International Charter and Bylaws.

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