The GCFI Education Initiative began in 2000 when the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council sponsored the first ever GCFI Student Award for Outstanding Achievement. Since then, the Education Initiative has expanded to offer multiple opportunities for students and fishers. In 2003 in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, GCFI held a roundtale dedicated to finding ways forward.
In 2005, GCFI is offering several travel awards, Student Awards for Academic Achievement, awards for fishers, and other opportunities for travel.
The Education Initiative is devided into four compartments targetting specific part of the community.