San Luis Obispo County is one of the few communities to have a Community Supported Fishery. Margie Hurd organized it. She started with shareholders who bought only five pounds of fish a week. She now supplies 80 pounds weekly.
Supporting local fishermen is a good way to strengthen the community as well as help the oceans. Local fishermen with a personal connection to their customers are responsible fishermen who recognize the need for a healthy ocean to keep them in business.
A new online resource called LocalCatch.org is for consumers, advocates, and fishermen
interested in or already involved with community supported fisheries (CSFs).
LocalCatch.org is an online network that links community members to CSFs.
The network seeks to increase the visibility of CSFs. It assists individuals and organizations that need support envisioning, designing, and implementing locally-relevant businesses that work towards a triple bottom line -- people, planet, profits.
Many organizations including Sea Grant and the National Agri-Marketing Association have played an important role in the success of CSFs around the country. Without their efforts, the idea for this site wouldn't have come to be. Tell the network where you want to see the next CSF!