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North Pacific Fisheries Trust


The North Pacific Fisheries Trust, a 509(a)(3) non-profit subsidiary of Ecotrust, supports the efforts of coastal communities and local fishing families. It provides financing and makes investments in qualified buyers, community organizations, quota entities, and businesses that share and meet strong community equity, ecosystem conservation, and economic development
goals. The trust supports:

The trust helps community members acquire and manage the assets necessary to support these goals; those assets include licenses, permits, quotas, and distribution rights. The trust lends capital at favorable rates and terms to help communities thrive.

Community Quota Entities (CQEs)

At the heart of the trust's strategy is pursuing long-term funding relationships with qualified Community Quota Entities (CQEs) in the Gulf of Alaska. Due to the start-up nature of the CQE program and its participants, access to capital for the purchase of individual fishing quota (IFQ) is fairly limited at this time. The trust intends to bring its sizeable financial resources and its success in similar markets to bear on the CQE marketplace as an avenue to spur market development.

The NPFT has a flexible designed the program for CQEs. The program offers:

Our Work

North Pacific Fisheries Trust

Copper River Program

Community-Based Fisheries Management (CBFM)

Marine Consulting Initiatives

Catch Shares


Learn More

Watch webcast video from the World Oceans Summit (February 22-24, 2012 in Capella, Singapore)

Community Dimensions of Fisheries Catch Share Programs: Integrating Economy, Equity, and Environment report by National Panel on the Community Dimensions of Fisheries Catch Share Programs March 15, 2011 (564kb PDF) | 2pp. executive summary (2.5mb PDF)

Oversight Hearing on “Catch Shares as a Management Option: Criteria for Ensuring Success” — Questions for Mr. Edward Backus, VP - CES, Ecotrust March 16, 2010 (172kb PDF) | Full video (.wvx)

Statement by Edward H. Backus, Vice President for Community Ecosystem Services, Ecotrust, on Catch Shares in Fisheries to the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife March 16, 2010 (392kb PDF) | Video Q&A intro 6:28 (YouTube), full 114:22 (gov)

Congressional Testimony: Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife oral version, March 16, 2010 (104kb PDF) | Video 5:18 (YouTube)

Atlas of Pacific Salmon by Xanthippe Augerot and the State of the Salmon Consortium

Skeena River Fish and Their Habitat by Allen G. Gottesfeld and Ken A. Rabnett

Groundfish Fleet Restructuring Project

A Salmon Anchor Habitat Strategy for the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests

Priorities for Salmon Restoration by Coastal Watershed

Fisheries & Wildlife Declines in the North Pacific

Reliable Prosperity: Fisheries


Adam Lane
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Ecotrust
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Greenstone Growth Partners
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