Who We Are


The California Fisheries Fund (CFF) is a nonprofit revolving loan fund that invests in the fishing industry on the West Coast. Our mission is to help our borrowers (fishermen, fishing businesses, ports, communities and others) succeed in fisheries that achieve environmental conservation, improved profitability for the industry and stability for port communities.

By investing in sustainable fisheries, CFF aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Promote tangible conservation benefits, including sustainable fishing, reduced bycatch where applicable, and improved monitoring, enforcement, and data collection.
  • Promote tangible community benefits as defined by fishing organizations, ports, and other community-based groups.
  • Sustain a revolving pool of funds for future investments.

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) helps coordinate and improve the protection and management of California's ocean and coastal resources and implement the Governor's 'Ocean Action Plan' released in October 2004. The OPC is a strong supporter of CFF, and has invested $2 million.

Private family foundations have invested additional capital into CFF.


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