A friend recently asked me when the revolution was going to happen. I say it’s here, it’s happening now, and this is what it looks like. It’s communities gathering on the grassroots level and taking positive action to rebuild our food system for the better through initiatives such as this newly formed CSF (Community Supported Fishery) based in Kittery Point, ME.
The CSF features both fish and lobster shares delivered over an 8-week period. Last week’s pick-up was the official launch of the CSF, and was an opportunity to meet local fishermen Dennis Robillard and Steve Lawrence. Dennis fishes out of Portsmouth, NH, and Gloucester, MA, and described how the week’s share of grey sole was caught the day before, then filleted for delivery that day. Though the CSF represents less than 1% of Dennis’ catch, it helped to break new ground by being the first catch filleted at a new processing facility in Gloucester. Steve spoke about lobstering in local waters off of Kittery, ME, and the issue of pollution run-off damaging lobster and fish eggs along the coast. Still, in his words, “Fishing is a great way to make a living.”
This CSF came together through the dedicated efforts of organizers Marcia Gibson and Amy Richards, who took the leap, not knowing if 1 or a 100 people would sign up. Shareholders in the audience cited variety, freshness of the fish, culture of community, and knowing where our food comes from as reasons for joining. At last count, about 50 shares have been taken, with full and half shares still available on a pro-rated basis. If interested, read more about it here, with CSF information available here.
Left to right: Lobsterman Steve Lawrence, organizers Marcia Gibson and Amy Richards, and fisherman Dennis Robillard, with the day’s catch.
A version of this post appears at Seacoast Eat Local.