The California Groundfish Collective

Captains, Communities & Conservation for healthier, more productive fisheries.

The California Groundfish Collective partners with The Nature Conservancy to empower fishermen and their coastal communities to help make the oceans both healthier and more bountiful.

The California Groundfish Collective is a group of fishermen along the coast of California that have teamed up to adapt our businesses to create healthier oceans, and better, more productive fisheries. 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.

CGC Sister Ports

Half Moon Bay – Half Moon Bay Groundfish Marketing Association

Fort Bragg – Fort Bragg Groundfish Association

Morro Bay – Central California Seafood Marketing Association

Science & Technology

The California Groundfish Collective fishing associations partner with The Nature Conservancy to create regional fishing plans covering 15 million acres of ocean. The fishing plans are created collaboratively by combining the best available science and technology with fishermen’s knowledge, past fishing history, and habitat information to design best management practices to protect sensitive species and habitats.

The act of sharing fisheries data is a fundamental component of effective operations of the California Groundfish Collective. Members of the Collective adaptively manage fishing plans by sharing information about where, when and what type of fish are caught in real time. Members of the Collective use an application called eCatch (, which is a tool developed by The Nature Conservancy, to share information and ensure fishing is occurring in compliance with fishing plans.

That means we’re helping create healthier oceans and stronger fishing businesses in our communities.