To advance the social, economic and environmental sustainability of Monterey Bay fisheries.
Commercial fishing is deeply ingrained in the history, culture, and identity of Monterey Bay, yet over the past few decades the commercial fishing industry has struggled. The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust is uniquely positioned to partner with the fishing industry, municipal leaders, and conservation organizations to achieve a balance between a healthy ocean ecosystem and a healthy seafood economy. They hope to strengthen the viability of local commercial fishing businesses by protecting local fishing rights; increase the availability of—and demand for—local, sustainable, source-identified seafood; ensure that lost fishing gear is removed from the bay before it can pose a threat to marine life or safety; and unite diverse stakeholder groups to achieve a common vision of conservation-based fisheries management.
The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust has been working with fishermen to help us continue fishing and sustain our livelihoods. I’ve been able to lease fishing rights from the Trust, which has allowed me and my crew to participate in the groundfish fishery. The fact that the trust is available as a resource has been a life saver.
- Jerry Wetle