The Trust is committed to the sustainability of commercial fisheries from an environmental, economic, and social perspective. Our programs are designed to foster resource stewardship and conservation, while working to ensure that fishermen and fishing communities survive and thrive under new and complex regulations. 

Marine Resource Education Program West

The Trust has been working with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute & other West Coast partners on the Marine Resource Education Program (MPREP). MREP brings fishermen, scientists & regulators together in a series of three-day workshops, to help fishermen better understand & engage in the fisheries management process. 

Observer Pilot Test

The Trust is working on an Observer Pilot Test with Saltwater Observers, Inc. to explore a new model for part-time, on-call observers in small ports. This program aims to improve the observer program by reducing expenses for fishermen and observer companies and increasing the availability of local observers.

Business Support

We support fishermen in a number of ways, whether it's helping facilitate communications with buyers or managers, assisting with regulatory paperwork, or helping market sustainable innovations. We are also developing partnerships with other organizations to increase services for fishermen, such as loans and business planning.


Lost gear recovery project

The Trust is partnering with local fishermen to remove lost and abandoned crab gear from Monterey Bay. The peak of the Dungeness Crab season is from December to February - a time when the ocean is prone to big storms and swells. As a result, it is common for gear to be lost and entangled with boats, whales, and other wildlife. The Trust and local fishermen are working to ensure this does not happen by removing lost gear from the water during the off-season.

Read more: Fishermen and Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust team up to remove lost crab gear from Monterey Bay



The Trust incentivizes stewardship and conservation by offering prioritized leasing and reduced lease rates to fishermen who participate in conservation programs, such as gear innovations to reduce bycatch. We also  promote collaborative fisheries research projects that improve fisherman inputs into science and management.