Community Supported Fishery: A CSA For Fish!

Do you know your fishermen?

We know most of you are probably thinking about turkey rather than fish this week, but a recent article in YES! Magazine about Community Supported Fishery (CSF) was so interesting that we just had to share. Plus, now is a good time to start thinking about signing up for 2011.

Based on the successful CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model, CSFs consist of members who provide financial support to fishermen and in turn receive a share of the catch on a regular basis. CSFs are helping to foster relationships, strengthen local economies, and promote sustainable fishing practices. According to YES! Magazine's Ellen Tyler and Daniel Fireside:

Most CSFs deliver whole fish in season, so customers experience variety and seasonality. Fishermen are paid a flat rate per season, rather than being paid only for the number of fish they catch. This encourages them to diversify their catch and fish according to the demands of the ecosystem, rather than to maximize sales.

The first known CSF started in Port Clyde, Maine, and there are about 20 others in the US and Canada. Have you ever been involved with a CSF?

Learn more:
Boat-to-Table Fishing CSAs Catching On (YES! Magazine)
Community Supported Fishery (NAMA)
List of CSFs in the US and Canada (NAMA)

Related: National Smart Seafood Guide 2010

(Image: Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fishery in Vancouver)