The First Pacific Symposium on Marine Sciences was held in Nakhodka in the Primorsk region of the Soviet Union, August 7—16, 1986. The meeting was organized by the Scientific Committee on Marine Sciences of the Pacific Science Association (PSA), an international nongovernmental body devoted to initiating and promoting cooperation in solving scientific problems of the Pacific Basin. The committee is composed of three marine scientists from the Soviet Union, three from the United States, and one each from Canada, the Philippines, Japan , New Zealand, France, Tahiti, Australia, South Korea, and Indonesia. The American members of the committee are G. W. Boehlert (National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Honolulu, Hawaii), J.C. Kelley (San Francisco State University, School of Science, San Francisco, Calif.), and G.R. Seckel (Pacific Fisheries Environmental Group, NMFS, Monterey, Calif.). The committee is chaired by V.I. Ilyichev, who is president of the Far Eastern Sciences Center of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences and also the director of the Pacific Oceanological Institute in Vladivostok.