National Summit on Community Supported Fisheries

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Erik Chapman N.H. Sea Grant Fisheries Program Coordinator

Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs), loosely based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model in which consumers pre-pay for a share of fresh local produce from local farmers, have been one approach that fishermen and fishing communities have explored to direct more money to boats, while achieving a range of other social and environmental goals. Over the last five years CSFs have grown dramatically in number and size on a national scale. If the growth of CSAs is any indicator of the trajectory of CSFs, we can expect that the number of CSFs will continue to multiply. Despite this potential, there are a variety of technical barriers and overarching questions about their long-term viability that have arisen as these programs have matured over the past several years. We aim to bring together a group of CSF organizers, fishermen, and community leaders to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the emerging CSF model.



NHSG Creates Two Videos About Community Supported Fisheries
NHSG created two videos in 2012 to help spread the word about community supported fisheries and the national CSF summit that took place in N.H. from May 30 – June 1, 2012. The videos have been featured on the website and some of the raw footage will be featured in NOAA’s Ocean Today kiosks located in 37 sites around the country.


Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant


  • Starting and maintaining community supported fishery (CSF) programs: a resource guide for fishermen and fishing communities (2012).


  • Community Supported Fisheries: the basics (2012) (video).
  • 2012 National Community Supported Fisheries Summit (video).