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 Kena-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 Alaskan Wild Sockeye Salmon season each summer, then bring the salmon back to Portland when the season ends. Your shares are delivered to pre-arranged location, where we meet up with you, 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.