We’re partnering with The Nature Conservancy and each other using innovative technology to share data to map and direct our fishing, and to protect sensitive species and habitats. Together we’re creating healthier oceans and stronger fishing businesses in our communities.
The California Groundfish Collective is made up of fishing associations from Fort Bragg, Half Moon Bay, and Morro Bay. Working with The Nature Conservancy we’re securing our communities’ fishing heritage and bringing in fresh local seafood.
Fishermen in the California Groundfish Collective catch various groundfish species including petrale sole, sablefish/black cod, rockfish, sanddabs, dover sole, and thornyheads. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in the highest sustainability rankings from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program of “Green/Best Choice” for our seafood.
Each year the California Groundfish Collective develops a report describing our operations and results on the water. Click here for a copy.
In the early 2000s the West Coast groundfish fishery collapsed and was declared an economic disaster. Watch a video detailing how fishermen and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to revive the fishery and jumpstart local economies.
The success of the California Groundfish Collective and the work the Conservancy is doing in the groundfish fishery are gaining national attention. Read about our work in stories published by major media outlets, including The New York Times, California Sunday Magazine, and Conservation Magazine.
The Conservancy is helping to assess
and restore fisheries around the
world, from abalone stocks off Chile
to reef fish off Palau to oyster reefs
off Maine. Read about some of our biggest fisheries projects.