Community Resources

As the number of community supported fisheries (CSFs) increases, so too does the amount of information about the social, economic, and environmental impact that they have on coastal communities and local consumers. The information below represents a collection of information from the diverse network of individuals and organizations involved directly and indirectly in CSFs.

To add information to this site, please contact us at: info@localcatch.org



Organization Reference


    Colby College et al. Do community supported fisheries improve sustainability? 2014. Fisheries Research. L. McClenachen, B. Neal, A. Al-bdulrazzak, T Witkin, K. Fisher, J. Kittinger
JOURNAL: This paper examines compares the sustainability of CSFs and more industrial fisheries by evaluating them relative to: carbon footprint, sustainability of target stocks, and associated environmental impacts.
  Duke University Marine Laboratory & University of Maine From Vegetable Box to Seafood Cooler: Applying the Community-Supported Agriculture Model to Fisheries. December 2013. Society and Natural Resources. L. Campbell, N. Boucquey, J. Stoll, H. Coppola, M. Smith.

JOURNAL: This paper compares and contrasts the similiarities and differences between Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs) and the community supported agriculture model.



National Sea Grant Law Center et al.

Starting and Maintaining Community Supported Fishery Programs. June 2012, National Sea Grant Law Center et al.

RESOURCE GUIDE: This guide provides general information to assist fishermen and fishing communities with starting and/or maintaining a Community Supported Fishery (CSF).

  Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust Step by Step Development of Your CSF. April 2012. Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust.
RESOURCE GUIDE: This guide provides general information to assist fishermen and fishing communities with starting and/or maintaining a Community Supported Fishery (CSF).
  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) New England Groundfish Management Testimony. October 2011, Presented to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. U.S. Senate. J. Lubchenco.
TESTIMONY: This document provides Dr. Jane Lunchenco's testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The testimony lists CSFs as one of six signs of progress.
  US Department of Agriculture Community-supported Fishery Project: Charting a New Course. September 2008, Rural Cooperatives. Campbell, D.

CASE STUDY: This seven page document provides a summary of Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

  Walking Fish Cooperative Walking Fish Community Supported Fishery, September 2010 Report. Stoll, J., A. Baldera, K. Gordon, N. Mallos

CASE STUDY: This report provides information about the Walking Fish CSF during its pilot season in 2009. It offers an overview of the planning process, information about the design and structure of the CSF, results from the first season, and a set of lessons learned.

  UNC Greensboro Harnessing Consumer Preferences to Create New Markets for North Carolina Seafood - Year Two. Final Report. October, 2008.

CASE STUDY: This report provides information and lessons learned from developing a pilot CSF. Though this CSF was never implemented, it provides useful information about the challenges of direct marketing.

      The political ecology of small-scale commercial fishermen in Carteret County, North Carolina. Human Organization 69 (2). Andreatta, S., A. Parlier.


  Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NMFS Direct marketing strategies: The rise of community supported fishery programs. January 2011. Marine Policy. Brinson, A., M. Lee, and B. Roundtree

JOURNAL: This paper provides an overview of community supported fisheries and it compares ex-vessel prices between two CSFs and regional averages.

  National Sea Grant Local Catch: Quality, Marketing and Consumption. American Fisheries Society 140th Annual Meeting. September 2010. Smith, T. et al.

SYMPOSIUM: This symposium provided an overview of innovative seafood marketing initiatives around the US.

  Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance Bait Box

Building on the experience of many communities supporting fisheries,
NAMA has several resources and tools available for fishermen to think
through what a CSF is, how it can work in particular communities, and
best practices.

      Kinds and Cuts of Seafood for Offer

TOOL: This document provides guidance on the information that CSF organizers should give consumers prior to selling shares.

      Prices, Payments and Share Size

TOOL: This document provides a list of things to consider when setting prices for a CSF.


TOOL: This document provides a list of information covering the basics of CSF deliveries.

      Legal Requirements

TOOL: This document provides information about several legal constraints associated with CSFs.

  NRDC The Fish is Fresh. It's Local. So What's the Catch? Onearth.org. April 2010. Diane Daniel

COMENTARY: This article provides a commentary on the complexity of "sustainability."

  Island Institute Field Notes: Community-Supported Fisheries - Why they Matter. The Working Waterfront. June 2011. R. Snyder.

COMENTARY: This article offers a perspective on the benefit of a CSF.

  Fisheries Areas Network (Farnet)  

RESOURCES: This organization provides information to help fishermen and fishing organizations find alternative markets for their catch.