World Fisheries Trust


Mission Statement

World Fisheries Trust's mission is to support and build equitable use and conservation of aquatic resources through education, research and stewardship.


World Fisheries Trust changes attitudes by explaining how the environment functions and how people fit in to these processes.
We give youth the power to make positive changes through daily choices and attitudes. In schools, WFT’s Seaquaria Ocean Education initiative has built programs that will have life-long impacts.
World Fisheries Trust believes corporations have responsibilities to stakeholders that share the same resource or environment. We encourage better dialogue between business and communities and using a common interest approach for problem solving in all our programs.
All World Fisheries Trust projects are locally relevant with adaptive, results-based management.
World Fisheries Trust believes technology alone cannot save biodiversity. Ultimately, it is communities that will see the process through. Working with communities on all WFT projects – locally and abroad – is crucial. We want all our projects, even the technical ones, to be sustainable.
Our community-based work involves:
  • Empowerment (being inclusive)
  • Providing technical training
  • Building teams and balancing power
  • Helping people manage conflict through recognition of “common interests”
  • Building self-esteem
  • Eliminating gender bias
  • Involving young people
  • Making links between institutions and sectors
  • Getting people engaged in environmental stewardship

Program Details

Seaquaria Ocean Education
Seaquaria Ocean Education, created in 1995 by Yogi and Cathy Carolsfeld, is an environmental education program based in Victoria, BC.
We foster science and environmental learning through children’s hands on experiences with marine organisms in a school setting. The program supplies a chilled seawater aquarium, and the provision of a variety of local, live marine organisms.
Our services includes Seaquaria-led programming for nearly twenty schools on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
As students observe and care for these model ecosystems and participate in hands-on learning activities, they can build an understanding and respect for the organisms and develop integrated stewardship skills. In the process, we hope that this program fosters a passion for emotional learning and critical thinking.
Domestic Research
Our domestic research projects are located in and around the Capital Regional District in the Greater Victoria Area of southern Vancouver Island. Ongoing projects include:
Olympia Oysters in the Gorge Waterway
The Olympia oyster is the only native oyster on British Columbia’s coast. These small oysters were an important food source for local First Nations people. Overharvesting and introduction of invasive species have affected the species in many areas. The Gorge Waterway is a unique location where there is a significant, stable population.
Portage Inlet Cutthroat Initiavtive
The Portage Inlet Cutthroat Initiative (PICI) was created with Mick Collins, of the Golden Rods and Reels, responding to a Call for Proposals by the Freshwater Fisheries Society for trout restoration projects. It also includes close collaboration with Peninsula Streams and the Salmon in the City group (now part of Esquimalt Anglers) that monitor the counting fence behind Tillicum Mall. Portage Inlet was re-known for its sea-run coastal cutthroats in the 1950s, a subspecies that is now blue-listed (vulnerable) by the province. The project will consolidate reports on work done in the watersheds and local knowledge to create a restoration strategy that also benefits other salmonids. In 2018, we assisted in organizing and implementing an emergency stream clean-up of migration blockages in the lower Colquitz with Dorothy and the Saanich Parks and Stormwater crews.
Herring Watch
Pacific Herring range from Alaska all the way down to California. Distinct herring groups – some of them even genetically unique – spawn and swim along the coat of British Columbia. Pacific Herring in particular used to be amazingly abundant, however there are widespread concerns that stocks across British Columbia are in decline. Not only that, but we don’t fully understand herring behaviours during much of their lives, which make conservation and revitalization efforts difficult. Understanding where herring spawn and live as larvae, juveniles, and adults throughout the year is the goal of Herring Watch. Using data collected from citizen scientists, World Fisheries Trust can develop more effective conservation efforts with our partners and provide advice to all who want to ensure flourishing herring populations for generations to come.
International Projects
World Fisheries Trust is honored to have worked with organizations around the world. Our international projects have focused on small-scale aquaculture development, developing community based management, and improving food security for vulnerable people.
Our international portfolio includes:
  • Gente de Maré (People of the Tides) project (2008-2011)
  • Global Citizenship in Fisheries and Aquaculture (2008)
  • Brazil Inland Fisheries: Sustainable Livelihoods and Conservation (2003-2007)
  • Aquatic Resources and Development (2004-2007)
  • Migratory Fishes of South America: Biology, Fisheries and Conservation Status (2003)
  • Blue Genes: Access to Aquatic Genetic Resources in Indigenous and Local Communities (2003)
  • Biodiversity Effects of Mariculture (2002)
  • The Blue Millennium Project: Managing Fisheries for Biodiversity (2001)
  • Brazil Migratory Fish Conservation (1999-2001)
  • Action Before Extinction: An International Workshop on Fish Genetic Conservation (1998)
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