In January 2004, the Trust embarked on an ambitious programme to stem the degradation of fisheries resources through the Towards Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Montego Bay Marine Park project. To achieve its goal, the Trust developed an integrated strategy with three over-lapping thematic areas: Environmental Education, Institutional Strengthening of key resource users, and Participatory Natural Resource Management.

While the project successfully generated support from both the public and private sectors, its most notable accomplishment was the development of a permitting programme that promises to guide the future of collaborative fisheries management in Jamaica. Further, it has established a critical foothold within the fishing community that will serve as the basis for future interventions, including the development of alternative fisher livelihoods and gradual phasing-out of fishing within designated protected areas.