Community Supported Fisheries
Eating locally has become a great new trend with restaurants and shoppers. With fruits and vegetables it’s easy to find out where your meal is grown. But do you ever wonder where your seafood comes from?
B.C’s commercial fishermen provide some of the best, most sustainably caught seafood in the world. Living Oceans has teamed up with Skipper Otto to introduce Metro Vancouver seafood enthusiasts to Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF), a program that connects local fishermen and local customers for direct seafood sales all summer long.
“Buying directly from your local fishermen is better for you, better for the fisherman and better for the ocean,” said Jenna Stoner, Sustainable Fisheries Campaign Manager. “Initiatives like Skipper Otto’s CSF are critical to creating a more resilient and sustainable seafood system.”
How Community Supported Fisheries work
CSF members buy in at the beginning of the season and receive a share of premium, wild, local, sustainably caught seafood. Members have boat-to-fork transparency; they know who caught their fish and how, when and where that was done. Fishermen can earn a sustainable livelihood, remain independent owner-operated, and continue using the small-scale, sustainable fishing practices they have used for generations. Overall, it’s a win-win-win situation!
To learn more and sign up for the 2014 fishing season check out Skipper Otto’s website.