Commercial fishermen have made big investments in sustainable fishing, and their commitment has paid off. For example, the West Coast groundfish fishery, once declared a federal disaster, now has abundant and healthy stocks and is considered an environmental success story. However, the general public still knows very little about these success stories.

The Trust is working to educate our community about commercial fisheries and the importance of buying local and sustainable seafood. We work with the media, host films and presentations, and help spread this message through social media. Read some of our featured stories below.

Aquarium event builds support for commercial fishermen

March 9, 2017

Thanks to the more than 200 people who turned out for a screening of the film “Of the Sea” at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

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Does bottom trawling impact California's marine habitat?

June 16, 2016

Dr. James Lindholm of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology, CSU Monterey Bay, discusses the surprising results of his research.

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The West Coast Groundfish Recovery: The Best Fish News You Haven’t Heard Yet

By Maria Finn | Civil Eats | 2015

By 2000, most of the groundfish on the West Coast was gone. Here's how environmentalists and fishermen worked together to revive a local fishery.

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Photos for The Nature Conservancy by  Corey Arnold.

Photos for The Nature Conservancy by Corey Arnold.

U.S. West Coast Groundfish Manual

March 2016

A guide for buyers, chefs, and consumers profiling 13 sustainable but underutilized species. By Environmental Defense Fund and

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