boats at the pier
fish at market
Costello and Gaines as divers

The Sustainable Fisheries Group

The Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) is an alliance formed in 2006 to address the critical need for fundamental change in the management of coastal marine fisheries. Initially funded by a generous grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the SFG represents a collaboration among the University of California, Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

The group aims to reform management of fisheries to better align economic incentives for fishermen with enhancement of ocean stewardship and ecosystem health. With group members who are leaders in ecology, resource economics, marine science, conservation practice, and policy, the SFG works directly with fishing communities in reform efforts. The SFG views sustainability of fisheries through the lens of robust communities and ports, healthy fish stocks and their habitats, and the availability of local, nutritious seafood to consumers. The group's goal is to provide optimal management strategies that can be readily adapted to fisheries worldwide.