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Community-supported fisheries: great idea

You've heard of Community-Supported Agriculture (CSAs), where you can buy a membership to a local farm and receive fresh, local produce. Now the idea has spread to the ocean, via Community Supported Fisheries, reports Participants sign up, pay a fee, and get a share of the weekly fish catch. (File the idea under "why didn't anyone think of this before?") Given the sad and even alarming state of some fish stocks and ocean health, Community-Supported Fisheries is a brilliant new approach. As the article notes, "The CSF isn't just a win-win for fishermen and consumers. It's good for the environment. When fishermen get higher prices for their catch, they can afford to fish less aggressively. The cooperative requires members to use more sustainable fishing methods, and in advising fledgling CSFs, it encourages them to do the same."

If you live in a coastal area, check it out, or ask your fish market to put you in touch with small-scale suppliers who might be interested. If you happen to live near Port Clyde, Maine, check out the Port Clyde Fresh Catch CSF; or, if you're in the Northeast, find out more at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

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