GMRI brings together fishermen, managers, and scientists in a neutral setting outside the regulatory process. Fishermen become more comfortable working with the scientific information and management processes that guide their industry, while policymakers and scientists learn the inner workings and concerns of the fishing community. New relationships are formed, and many fishermen join in collaborative research projects following the program, helping to shape the future of their industry.
The specialized needs of Caribbean fishermen have prompted the development of a unique program offering, held once a year and rotating to the individual islands. This program is offered in Spanish in Puerto Rico, and in English in the U.S Virgin Islands.