Management of Pacific salmon is an intensive undertaking that requires a great deal of scientific cooperation and management coordination. The Commission and its Panels carry out their responsibilities in this regard aided by scientific advice provided by a number of bilateral Technical Committees. These Committees are comprised of fishery biologists, statisticians, modellers and other scientific specialists employed by the various government agencies, tribes and First Nations who participate in the process. Some committees are quite large, reflecting the scope and complexity of their mandates. The Chinook Technical Committee, for example, has over thirty members while others, like the Committee on Scientific Cooperation, have as few as four members.
The joint committees include: