So how does a CSF (Community Supported Fishery) “share” work?
A CSF's purpose is to connect folks with the ocean which provides for them, and to build rich relationships between the fishermen and the community (shareholders). To do this, CSF “members” give the fishing community financial support before the season starts. Think of it as “seed” money that allows the fisher to fish. In exchange, the fisher shares a regular share of seafood to the members during the harvest season.
In the case of the Kenai-Red Fish Company, you have the opportunity to become a member (aka “shareholder”) by pre-purchasing a share, or even a partial share. We fish for you during the wild Alaskan sockeye and coho season each summer, then bring the salmon back to Portland when the season ends. Your shares are delivered directly to your household, where we introduce ourselves, tell fish tales, and swap recipes.
We have developed relationships with some amazing retailers here in the Portland area, and that's another way to participate in our fishery. You can buy our fish and support local stores here in Portland. Find links to these stores HERE.