Hawaii Fish Trust
hoʻi i ke kai momona. Return to an abundant ocean.
The purpose of Conservation International's Hawai'i Fish Trust is to restore nearshore seafood security through strategic partnerships and focused investment for the well-being of Hawai'i and its people. Conservation International partners with local fishing communities, businesses, non-profit organizations and the State of Hawai'i to facilitate the sustainable management of Hawai'i's nearshore fisheries.
- Foster effective fisheries governance
- Build capacity of fishing communities to participate in fisheries management
- Promote sustainable production and consumption of local seafood
Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiʻi Fish Trust is CI’s only US-based field program. Hawaii’s strategic location provides cultural, political, and ancestral ties to our partners across the Pacific, extending CI’s Pacific Ocean leadership. Hawaiʻi is home to more than 7,000 forms of marine life, one quarter of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Seafood Security in Hawaiʻi
Over 90% of people in Hawaiʻi eat seafood on a regular basis, consuming three times more seafood per capita than the US mainland. Yet, 75% of Hawaii’s seafood is imported.
Hawaiʻi Fish Trust is leading a bold effort to ensure fishing and sustainable local seafood in Hawaiʻi for generations to come. We foster effective fisheries governance. We build the capacity of fishing communities to participate in the management process. And we promote sustainable production and consumption of local seafood.
Timeless Sustainability Knowledge in Action
Hawaiʻi Fish Trust promotes a holistic fisher-led approach that merges traditional Hawaiian cultural values and resource management systems with innovative Western science and management practices to revive ocean health and seafood security in Hawaiʻi. Early Hawaiians sustained abundant coral reef fisheries and sophisticated fishpond aquaculture systems for four centuries prior to the arrival of Europeans. Traditional Hawaiian governance was characterized by techniques that effectively protected reef habitats and maintained healthy fish populations. Recent studies have demonstrated that these time-honored practices, coupled with Western science, increase target fish species biomass as effectively as modern no-take areas.
Aloha ʻĀina: A Sense of Place
Fishers in Hawaiʻi have nurtured their families and communities by supplying them with seafood for generations. Hawaiʻi Fish Trust partners with fishers who have deep and nuanced knowledge of their local marine resources to capture essential fishing data and to map fish flow from hook to fork.
Employing fishers with generational knowledge of their community fishery to spearhead these research efforts leads to increased data capture, improved data accuracy, and increased participation of surveyed fishers in future stewardship, planning, and management efforts to revitalize and safeguard their nearshore fisheries.
The Time is Now
The goal of the Hawaiʻi Fish Trust is to hoʻi i ke kai momona – return to an abundant ocean that will feed Hawaii’s people for generations to come. We are working to develop the enabling conditions for historic change in Hawaii’s nearshore fisheries governance, from the State of Hawaii’s ability to enforce regulations to the capacity of fishers and communities to participate in the stewardship and management of their vital fisheries. We are in an “open moment” – when societies come to together and real change is possible – for ocean health in Hawaiʻi. The time to act is now.
e pili mai. Join us.