Boston-area residents snap up Community Supported Fishery program

Ah, but there’s a catch: Taking a cue from Community Supported Agriculture programs, fishing groups in the Northeast are letting consumers buy shares in exchange for weekly allotments of local, fresh catch. Nearly 1,000 Boston-area residents will receive their first batch of wild-caught fish this month through the Gloucester-based Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery program. The demand was incredible: organizers hoped for 50 members when they announced the CSF this spring, and got 750 people with 500 more on the waiting list. Eat more healthy protein, support local fishermen — sounds great, right? Well, there are a few less-than-ideal aspects: Current CSF programs only regulate quality and health standards, not whether catching procedures are environmentally friendly. And some of the fish, including cod, hake, flounder and monkfish, appear on environmental groups’ red lists because of concerns over over-fishing, habitat impacts and contaminants such as mercury. (

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3 Responsesto “Boston-area residents snap up Community Supported Fishery program”

  1. tai haku says:

    I guess the important message here is that the model works for fisheries and the demand is there. I guess sooner or later there will be an emphasis on sustainable fishing from either this CSF program or a rival and things will move in the right direction.

  2. Marilyn says:

    How do I join the program to purchase fresh fish.  I head about this program on National Public Radio, July 8.  I understand that customers and join the program and receive monthly a supply of fresh fish.   Can you tell me anything about this program and where to sign up and get the fish?

    See NPR website story “ Customers Eat Up Fresh Fish Buying Programs “:

  3. Marilyn: More info about signing up here — thanks to the magic of a little search engine called Google :-)